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Atonement Reviews

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August 22, 2018
It is an elegant and sophisticated film, one that never condescends or shirks from the complexity of the novel and its grand themes - war, love, sex, memory, betrayal, redemption - but it's also strangely unfeeling.
August 8, 2018
Keep any advance knowledge of this superb drama to an absolute minimum, as it deserves every chance to work its devastating wonders upon an unsuspecting audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 22, 2017
Impeccable design, perfect casting, sound that takes the clack of a typewriter and embeds it into all sorts of furious onscreen rhythms... I was swooning even before the love story kicked in.
December 28, 2010
Atonement's goal is so ephemeral that film may not be able to do it complete justice. All that said, it's still a fantastic piece of craftsmanship, benefiting from loving direction and excellent performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
July 7, 2010
An epic, grandiose, and immensely sad film, Atonement is an extremely well crafted, visually rich love story set during a tumultuous time of war, where two impassioned characters are forever torn apart by the selfish jealousy of another.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 27, 2009
Figurines in a teacup set, shipped over in boxes labeled 'For your consideration'
July 27, 2009
Frustratingly uneven, struggling to maintain momentum as it lurches through extended lulls and indulges in cliched genre affectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 15, 2009
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Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
June 28, 2009
Players outshine the script
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 23, 2009
Director Joe Wright and screenwriter Christopher Hampton tap into the underlying passion and pathos from which all the absurdity, irony, and poetry follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 27, 2009
Ranks among the best films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 18, 2008
It's a romantic epic, set in the past, featuring some beautiful imagery, high drama and terrific performances from its small, all British cast. It's also (which isn't always a given when it comes to Best Picture contenders) a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 18, 2008
Atonement may look and sound like a Best Picture candidate, but that's all Wright's doing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 18, 2008
Joe Wright directs Atonement with an eye to framing each performance with spectacularly vivid images, including a genuinely breathtaking tracking shot on the bloody, wreckage-strewn beach at Dunkirk.
September 22, 2008
Atonement is a film out of balance, nimble enough in its first half but oddly scattered and ungainly once it leaves the grounds of the Tallis estate.
September 2, 2008
As beautiful as it is thought-provoking and soulful.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
August 17, 2008
not a Jane Austin story, but it could be, if Jane Austin hardened up her subject matter a bit
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 15, 2008
Few films this year were as magnificent looking and few as misunderstood.
May 1, 2008
[U]ltimately, the movie amounts to rolling lawns, lovely costumes, and characters that simply fail to resonate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 15, 2008
Director Joe Wright is quickly establishing himself as a powerhouse adapter of period romance tomes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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