Sliding Doors

1998

Sliding Doors

Critics Consensus

Despite the gimmicky feel of the split narratives, the movie is watch-able due to the winning performances by the cast.

62%

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Total Count: 50

77%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 62,391
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A cleverly conceived romantic comedy that follows a London woman on two hypothetical paths, one where she gets home early and catches her boyfriend in bed with another woman, the other where she doesn't.

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Critic Reviews for Sliding Doors

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Audience Reviews for Sliding Doors

  • Feb 02, 2016
    Sliding Doors is a rather smart and charming romantic comedy that's a lot of fun. Playing with alternate realities, a woman's life takes two divergent paths when in one reality she misses the subway and in another she makes it. Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, and Jeanne Tripplehorn lead the cast and give strong performances; especially Paltrow, who pulls double duty playing two characters that are the same person yet slightly different. Additionally, the director does a good job at differentiating between the two realities, particularly when they cross paths at the same places with the same people. However the script is a little weak, with extraneous subplots that don't really add much. Yet the humor delivers plenty of laughs and some clever satire (though at times it's a bit slapsticky). Sliding Doors is not without its problems, but on the whole it's an entertaining "what if" film about destiny.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2013
    John Hannah is whimsical and perfect, and the character of Helen is ballsy and relatable; however, Gwyneth's faux British accent is a bit grating on the nerves. Very sweet and affecting Butterfly Effect parallel universes with subtle overlaps and similarities in each. Much like "(500) Days of Summer," which got the jump on my "Annie Hall"-esque anti-romance play in 2008, Super Reviewer and writing partner Jim Hunter, and I are co-writing a play about small events changing lives SANS the element of destiny. The two universes won't end in the same pre-packaged Hollywood happy ending.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2010
    A cute little movie. I was interested to see how Lynch was going to do this but he did an excellent job. Thank God he made her 'look' totally different otherwise it would have been hard to follow. Cunning how he killed off the Helen we wanted to survive but then pulled it round at the end to have a happy ending where we presume she will still fall in love with James. Great performances.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2010
    I rather enjoyed this movie. I found it to be original as it portrayed how life can change if fate lends a hand and it is intriguing to watch, up until the end, to see just how dramatically one decision can change your entire life. The acting is good and it is nice to reminiscence over the UK back in 1998 and to see how much thing have changed now. Overall I really rather enjoyed this film even if it does seem a little slow to start with.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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