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Far From Heaven Reviews

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)
December 3, 2015
Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid are outstanding as Cathy and Frank Whitaker, a perfect couple with a decidedly imperfect love life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steffen Silvis
Willamette Week
April 1, 2014
Far From Heaven should create a wider audience for Haynes, long considered one of America's leading independent directors.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 1, 2014
The actors move about this elaborate movie museum in a modified dream state, as if living in the present while rooted in the past. But the strategy doesn't work. It's an imitation of lifelessness.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
April 1, 2014
We are left wondering why, in any case, an imitation Sirk was needed, what appetite or interest it might fill. Even with its latter-day (modified) frankness, Far From Heaven is only thin glamour that lacks a tacit wry base.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 1, 2014
With tact and care, the movie digs into all the subjects that lay concealed below the surface when Max Ophuls and Douglas Sirk were filming their own melodramas in the nineteen-fifties.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
April 1, 2014
Quaid makes a decent man's anguish richly palpable. Moore makes us feel hidden frenzy with a cool and ultimately heartbreaking grace.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 1, 2014
Haynes doesn't simply take a Norman Rockwell setting and release the hounds, either. He deals with these issues directly, but gently, as if his and Sirk's audiences were the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
April 1, 2014
Todd Haynes has crafted a feature-length homage to Sirk that succeeds both on its own terms and as the Sirk film that could never have been made in his own lifetime.
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
April 1, 2014
Could Haynes go on making films if the health police were ever to let up? He apparently needs to define himself in opposition to their controlling mindset.
Tom Gliatto
People Magazine
April 1, 2014
Moore gives one of the year's great performances -- subtle, lingeringly rich -- in director Todd Haynes's peculiar revisionist homage to old Hollywood women's pictures.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
April 1, 2014
This exquisite evocation of the 1950s tear-jerkers of director Douglas Sirk is gorgeously designed, stunningly photographed, ravishingly scored and beautifully acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
April 1, 2014
The arthouse Pleasantville, this handsomely crafted facsimile of '50s melodrama is unengaging and redundant, the lacquered artifice erecting a barrier between screen and audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 1, 2014
Haynes' loving homage to the Technicolor female-driven melodramas of the 1950s looks and feels so authentic, it will make you forget you are watching a new movie.
Erin Podolsky
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 1, 2014
A takeoff on Douglas Sirk's overwrought, color-saturated 1950s melodramas that rises above its camp roots and converts artifice into art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
April 1, 2014
[Haynes'] discomfiting ability to get under the puritanical skin of the US is hampered here by the confines of imitative homage.
Emanuel Levy
July 6, 2012
Haynes' most fully realized and commercially succesful feature to date is that rare thing, a meticulous homage to Douglas Sirk as well as a poignant drama in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Sensitive, mature melodrama about sexuality in the 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
July 6, 2010
One of the most beautiful looking and surprising films of the year.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
I didn't love "Far from Heaven" but appreciated its top notch production quality and array of performances.
Michael Dequina
January 29, 2009
One of those films that hits just about every of its intended notes right that descriptions seem moot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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