Disgrace Reviews

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October 11, 2019
It is Lurie's white privilege that is most disturbing...
December 5, 2018
The Nobel Prize laureate's cutting novel of sex and power in post-apartheid South Africa has been brought to the big screen with all of the loneliness and most of the intelligence of the novel intact.
November 17, 2011
April 19, 2010
Steve Jacobs' adaptation of J.M. Coetzee's Booker Prize-winning novel Disgrace fearlessly pares back the layers of post-Apartheid South Africa within the microcosm of a father/daughter relationship.
December 11, 2009
If you know the novel, you're likely to feel that something has been lost here; if you don't, you still have the film's monotonous pacing to contend with. Still, Jacobs has directed an intelligent, intriguing drama.
December 11, 2009
This chilly film gets surprisingly close to the tone of Coetzee's precise prose.
December 4, 2009
Surprisingly successful adaptation.
December 4, 2009
It's an enormously complicated story with great potential for reductive schmaltz, but this is avoided thanks to Anna Maria Monticelli's sharp, sensitive screenplay and superb performances.
December 4, 2009
A perfectly cast John Malkovich gives a superb performance in a powerful and intelligent study of a man coming back from the brink.
December 4, 2009
It's hard to say what this solid but unadventurous film adds to Coetzee's powerful source material.
December 4, 2009
A worthwhile film which is concerned to do the right thing by a modern classic.
December 4, 2009
It's a faithful adaptation, but one that's been indifferently shot by director Steve Jacobs, whose blunt technique tends to flatten the book's morose charge. Still, the acting is often excellent.
December 4, 2009
This disquieting drama serves as a platform for Malkovich, whose eloquent performance draws you in with great compassion.
December 4, 2009
Not a comfortable watch... but still powerful and clear-eyed.
December 4, 2009
As the last shot lingers, you long to find out what happens next.
December 4, 2009
This is tragic inevitability at one mile per hour, extending into a slow, sunbaked danse macabre the drama's heartbreak and the guilt, anguish and wrath.
December 4, 2009
The visionary gravity of J M Coetzee's Booker-winning novel is perhaps untranslatable to the screen, but Steve Jacobs's film is a very creditable try.
December 4, 2009
The screen version does not disappoint and features an outstanding performance from John Malkovich.
December 4, 2009
So packed with big issues that it sometimes feels like a bit too much. But it's provocative and fascinating, and never offers any easy answers.
December 3, 2009
Engaging, powerful and absorbing drama that doesn't offer any easy answers but exerts a tight grip, thanks to a terrific performance by John Malkovich.
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