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Sophie's Choice Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
August 15, 2014
And while Meryl Streep's performance is largely worthy of its laurels ... the film around it is much harder to forgive. Beyond Streep, Sophie's Choice is little more than a tediously assembled WWII drama of interminable length.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
April 29, 2014
The way Streep inhabits Sophie, and brings her history to life whether she's explicitly talking about the past or carrying herself across the room with wounded grace, can't help but make parts of the rest of the film seem smaller by comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 5, 2009
A suffocating 151 minutes long, with a healthy portion of that running time devoted to a hunk of Holocausploitation of the most crass and cynical variety. And that's the good part.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Steve Crum
March 2, 2008
Stunning to the max, and Streep is memorable as Sophie.
| Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
December 10, 2007
The movie is too Hollywood in look and feel, and the flashback and narration are too conventional, and yet the image of the sickly and pale Meryl Streep recollecting her ordeal lingers in memory long after the film is over.
Full Review | Original Score: B

TV Guide
June 26, 2007
Competently directed by Pakula and [features] gorgeous cinematography by Almendros.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
June 26, 2007
Astoundingly tedious.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 26, 2007
The picture is completely devoid of cinematic interest, adopting instead a tiresome theatrical aesthetic in which showy monologues are filmed in interminable, usually ill-chosen long takes.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
By the end, the accumulated weight and lethargy of the production fails to invest Sophie's fate with the significance Styron achieves.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
So perfectly cast and well-imagined that it just takes over and happens to you. It's quite an experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Though it's far from a flawless movie, Sophie's Choice is a unified and deeply affecting one. Thanks in large part to Miss Streep's bravura performance, it's a film that casts a powerful, uninterrupted spell.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 20, 2003
Heartbreakingly lovely performances.
| Original Score: 5/5

May 24, 2003
Literary adaptations rarely come more intelligent than this. A beautiful, haunting masterpiece from start to finish.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Incorporates one woman's narrative of surviving the Holocaust into a larger, crushingly banal story of a young, Southern writer's coming of age in the big city of New York.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 28, 2002
Wildly depressing.
| Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
"Streep's magnetic, shattering performance haunts the memory"
| Original Score: 5/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
A substantial movie, and one serious film watchers won't want to miss.
| Original Score: 91/100
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 1, 2000
This is the way stories are supposed to be told to us sitting out there in the dark theater.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dragan Antulov
January 1, 2000
Meryl Streep's role in this film is so overwhelming that she outshines everything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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James Berardinelli
April 30, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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