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May 30, 2008
Hallstrom's film could have used more dramatic muscle but is nonetheless a touching, old-fashioned charmer that ultimately satisfies.
April 27, 2007
Mr. Irving remains a disturbingly facile spinner of yarns in which the most sordid facts of life are glossed over into comfortably didactic homilies about the innate goodness of people. Yet, I was somehow moved...
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June 24, 2006
Hallström's humanism is possibly a little low key and romantic given such tough themes as abortion and incest.
June 18, 2002
[It] is a fable that turns into a 1940s New England variation on Charles Dickens. It is also one dickens of an American movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 18, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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March 22, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Deliciously satisfying.
January 1, 2000
As paternalistic, puffed-up, and dull as a congressional debate about abortion rights.
January 1, 2000
The Cider House Rules isn't one film at all. It's two films, only one of which is successful.
January 1, 2000
Perceived as too soft by some and too weird and kinky by even more.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
A bit too still, and so predictable that some part of me kept saying I had read the book when memory told me I hadn't.
January 1, 2000
The picture moves with a grace and clarity that never wobbles into predictability. And no one in the ensemble of actors ever missteps: There's nothing overdone or overwrought.
January 1, 2000
A voluptuous page-turner of a movie.
January 1, 2000
It's not a story so much as a reverie about possible stories.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
The first screenplay Irving wrote from his own book, and the job suits him.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 1, 2000
A far better film than other film adaptations of Irving's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Misses Irving's main gifts, despite his own best scriptwriting intentions.
January 1, 2000
The only way this House could rule would be in a much less competitive season.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Guided by Mr. Hallstrom and anchored by Mr. Irving, The Cider House Rules achieves a lovely unity that's rare in such an episodic movie.
January 1, 2000
Easily the finest film realization of an Irving novel.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
A deliberately old-fashioned picture that succeeds in nearly everything it tries to do.
January 1, 2000
A motion picture of visual splendor and emotional depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
[Lasse Hallström] has a near-genius for unpatronizing tolerance, and for seeing beauty in the world and nature and seasons without turning them into postcards.
January 1, 2000
Irving is lucky in his cast -- especially Caine and Lindo as the flawed father figures.