Far From Heaven Reviews

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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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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.
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
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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
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
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
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
One of most experimental and inebriating films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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David Rooney
Variety
February 11, 2008
An accomplished marriage of elaborate style and content.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
February 3, 2008
An obsessive triumph of design and tribute, beautifully acted ... but this stuff was somehow more fun in the '50s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
Moore's performance is heart-stoppingly wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
It may be a movie about movies, but the artifice doesn't contradict the movie's plangent emotional realism. Moore's stunning, subtle performance as a woman trapped in the conventions of her time encapsulates the film's brave, double-edged beauty.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
This is easily Oscar caliber work and absolutely Ms. Moore's best to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Exultant in both its artifice and its cruel honesty, it's a movie Sirk would make today - and, as such, it's quite brilliant.
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