The Human Stain Reviews

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January 10, 2018
An honourable enough failure, but a failure nonetheless.
January 10, 2018
It is a decent, intelligent film that yet somehow fails to excite.
February 27, 2007
Top Critic
August 24, 2004
December 23, 2003
With all the legs flailing, earnest speechifying, hot-headed outbursts, and mild abuse of crockery, Robert Benton's adaptation feels more like a fat Greek wedding than an Ancient Greek tragedy.
November 3, 2003
One of those films that makes you say, 'That was powerful. Now what the hell was it about?'
November 3, 2003
... solid but not great.
November 1, 2003
It is hard to buy what The Human Stain is peddling.
November 1, 2003
The Human Stain takes a complex work of literary art and reduces it to tasteful melodrama.
October 31, 2003
Works wonderfully as an actor's movie. The trouble is, that's the only way it works.
October 31, 2003
The problem is that neither Kidman nor Hopkins seems to know what movie they are in.
October 31, 2003
The stain of seriousness spreads over everything in this movie, eventually blocking out everything but the effort.
October 31, 2003
There are moments ... that find both truth and lyricism, touching on what it means to be alive, and on what we owe to the ghosts of the past.
October 31, 2003
Falls victim to a fatal lack of narrative drive, suspense and drama.
October 31, 2003
When Kidman's on screen, the film catches fire. Otherwise, it remains unignited.
October 31, 2003
But audiences truly fascinated with the issues it touches upon -- class and sex, race and identity -- would be better off to search out the source material that delves into them deeply.
October 31, 2003
A compelling, sexy and often moving film.
October 31, 2003
Nicole Kidman as a milkmaid leading a hardscrabble existence? If you say so.
October 31, 2003
It's a respectable effort that doesn't quite gel, but not for lack of trying.
October 31, 2003
It neatly illustrates the perils of kidnapping a decent novel from its rightful home and exposing the vulnerable thing to the glare of a Hollywood camera.
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