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The Cider House Rules Reviews

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David Rooney
Variety
May 30, 2008
Hallstrom's film could have used more dramatic muscle but is nonetheless a touching, old-fashioned charmer that ultimately satisfies.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Hallström's humanism is possibly a little low key and romantic given such tough themes as abortion and incest.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
June 18, 2002
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
| Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Deliciously satisfying.
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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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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 1, 2000
The Cider House Rules isn't one film at all. It's two films, only one of which is successful.
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Peter Brunette
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Perceived as too soft by some and too weird and kinky by even more.
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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
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
January 1, 2000
A voluptuous page-turner of a movie.
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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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
The first screenplay Irving wrote from his own book, and the job suits him.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
A far better film than other film adaptations of Irving's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Misses Irving's main gifts, despite his own best scriptwriting intentions.
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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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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Easily the finest film realization of an Irving novel.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
A deliberately old-fashioned picture that succeeds in nearly everything it tries to do.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
A motion picture of visual splendor and emotional depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard T. Jameson
Mr. Showbiz
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.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Irving is lucky in his cast -- especially Caine and Lindo as the flawed father figures.