Tess Reviews

January 3, 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.
February 19, 2010
Tess is a sensitive, intelligent screen treatment of a literary masterwork.
June 24, 2006
Tess tells one rather more about its director's much publicised preoccupations than about Hardy's themes.
October 23, 2004
This is a wonderful film.
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.
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.
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.
August 31, 2017
(PODCAST) The greatest filmic literary adaptation any filmmaker has produced.
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.
March 6, 2014
This is Kinski's show and she flat out steals it.