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Tess Reviews

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
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

Film4
May 24, 2003
Not a high point in Polanski's career but not without its merits.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Tess tells one rather more about its director's much publicised preoccupations than about Hardy's themes.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
This is a wonderful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
March 6, 2014
This is Kinski's show and she flat out steals it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 19, 2010
Tess is a sensitive, intelligent screen treatment of a literary masterwork.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 29, 2004
Tess conveys the bleak determinism that makes this young woman's life so anguished.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 6, 2014
Unexciting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
December 19, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
September 24, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
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
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 15, 2003
Gorgeous, sumptuous, and quietly intense masterpiece.
| Original Score: 5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
November 6, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B

TV Guide
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Empire Magazine
February 19, 2010
Insufferably long, but very good in parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 24, 2012
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