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Tess Reviews

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May 24, 2003
Not a high point in Polanski's career but not without its merits.
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
| Original Score: 3/5
January 2, 2018
[Polanski's film] is textured and smooth and even, with lateral compositions subtly flowing into each other; the sequences are beautifully structured, and the craftsmanship is hypnotic. But the picture is tame.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Tess tells one rather more about its director's much publicised preoccupations than about Hardy's themes.
March 26, 2018
We are driven back to Hardy at the end and Tess is proof, if proof is needed, of the power of that individual imagination which can survive changes of form.
February 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 23, 2004
This is a wonderful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 6, 2014
This is Kinski's show and she flat out steals it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
August 31, 2017
(PODCAST) The greatest filmic literary adaptation any filmmaker has produced.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
February 19, 2010
Tess is a sensitive, intelligent screen treatment of a literary masterwork.
January 29, 2004
Tess conveys the bleak determinism that makes this young woman's life so anguished.
February 6, 2014
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 19, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
September 24, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 15, 2003
Gorgeous, sumptuous, and quietly intense masterpiece.
| Original Score: 5/5
April 18, 2014
Roman Polanski is one of those men who, despite his icky treatment of women in real life, manages to create strong and compelling female characters for the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
een in the context of Roman Polanski's career it becomes something rich and strange, shaded into terror by the naturalistic absurdism that is the basis of Polanski's style.
May 20, 2003
Without Mr. Polanski's name in the credits, this lush and scenic Tess could even be mistaken for the work of David Lean.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 6, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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