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The Cider House Rules Reviews

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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
It's not a story so much as a reverie about possible stories.
| Original Score: 2/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
It's hard to believe that an embarrassment like this will be remembered for anything other than its own mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 22, 2003
Just as tepid and surface-level as Simon Birch was.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Brunette
January 1, 2000
Perceived as too soft by some and too weird and kinky by even more.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
A sloppy mess.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
The only way this House could rule would be in a much less competitive season.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
The Cider House Rules pales by comparison with the gutsier, more full-bodied adaptation of Irving's The World According to Garp.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Maguire is party to the scenic movie Hallstrom's making but offers an otherwise absent naturalism that's alluring and identifiable in it very ordinariness.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 1, 2000
Welcome to 'independent'-thinking Miramax (a/k/a. Hollywood Lite)
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Keyes
January 1, 2000
So underwhelming and vacant that it's impossible for many to understand what exactly the picture is trying to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
April 20, 2001
Registers so little that you might as well be watching a blank screen.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
January 1, 2000
Meandering and unfocused.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
July 9, 2001
I am probably going to be whipped behind the woodshed for saying so, but I was seriously underwhelmed by this Best Picture nominee.
Full Review| Original Score: 3
Shay Casey
January 1, 2000
It's mostly well-made and good-looking, and it's also mostly empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
January 1, 2000
The Cider House Rules walks an awkward tightrope between edgy humanism and dangerous sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Robert Horton
January 1, 2000
Misses Irving's main gifts, despite his own best scriptwriting intentions.
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
A disappointingly sleepy and exceedingly dull version of an idiosyncratic, offbeat and memorable novel.
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Numbness is pretty much where you end up at the end of The Cider House Rules.
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
As paternalistic, puffed-up, and dull as a congressional debate about abortion rights.
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