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Vanya on 42nd Street Reviews

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Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
August 12, 2008
The performances are precise, the language is alive and well spoken and the setting is striking, but Vanya on 42nd Street still suffers rather heavily from the limitations of filmed theater.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 29, 2002
Much too talky.
| Original Score: 2/5
Dragan Antulov
December 22, 2003
Despite great acting, the general impression of the film is underwhelming.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10

Empire Magazine
August 12, 2008
The drawback, however, is that the actors chew the scenery in true stagecraft fashion, which, on film, induces regular wincing and a wish that they would hand out the valium and take it easy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A film which reduces Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" to its bare elements: loneliness, wasted lives, romantic hope and despair. To add elaborate sets, costumes and locations to this material would only dilute it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Vanya on 42nd Street may be the most innovative and successful straight film adaptation of any play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Amore traditional performance with the same actors would have gotten a higher rating.
Full Review | Original Score: low +2 out of -4..+4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 12, 2008
Malle adeptly eases us into the play so we can't tell at what precise moment Chekhov takes over, an ambiguity that becomes the film's triumph as well as its key limitation.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
I've never really seen anything like Vanya on 42nd Street.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Even if you don't get everything there is to get, it's an incredibly unique film worth seeing.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Lybarger
Lybarger Links
July 30, 2002
A lively and intriguing adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya."
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
December 18, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 6, 2007
It offers a unique viewing at a work in progress.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
March 10, 2012
... a record of a creative collaboration that has a life of its own, at once documentary, filmed rehearsal, play within a play, and private production restaged for a camera...
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
This live-wire Vanya, freshly observed for the '90s, is fiercely funny, touching and vital.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 16, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 3, 2015
A deeply moving, inspirational secular-sacred experience both for its beautiful embodiment of Chekhov's story of unmoored souls and for the beauty of the greatest collaborative art form, practiced with pure joy and for love. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sarah Chauncey
June 10, 2004
A movie by, about and for actors.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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