Tess Reviews

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February 25, 2014
Tragedy has never looked more ravishing than in Roman Polanski's elegiac epic. Criterion's stunning Blu-ray transfer does complete justice to every frame of its pictorial grandeur, while also serving up a heaping helping of instructive special features.
February 25, 2014
The film, like its source, is filled with pessimistic fatalism, but it spares no pity for the instruments of fate [...] What, if anything, this meant to Polanski remains unknowable.
February 6, 2014
February 19, 2010
Insufferably long, but very good in parts.
February 19, 2010
Visually, Tess is a masterpiece, capturing in amazing detail the scenery and atmosphere of the England of yore. The film's chief drawback, however, is its lack of vitality.
January 8, 2007
Though not one of Polanski's best features, this adaptation of Thomas Hardy's challenging novel, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, is intelligent if flawed, but it's nice to look at due to excellent production values, particularly cinematography.
February 7, 2005
October 3, 2004
Polanski is entitled to one monstrously overlong period piece, and in Tess he acquits himself satisfactorily, though the film isn't nearly the equal of its counterparts
September 24, 2004
January 29, 2004
Tess conveys the bleak determinism that makes this young woman's life so anguished.
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