Vanya on 42nd Street Reviews

July 6, 2010
It's amazing it has taken Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, and director Louis Malle more than 10 years to collaborate again. It was worth the wait, though.
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.
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.
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.
January 26, 2006
There's more power here than in all the multi-million dollar fireworks of Hollywood.
May 20, 2003
The elegant understatement of this production turns it into a livelier experiment, a fluent, gripping version of one of Chekhov's more elusive plays.
May 12, 2001
This live-wire Vanya, freshly observed for the '90s, is fiercely funny, touching and vital.
January 1, 2000
In terms of dramatic action, almost nothing happens, and yet Malle's fluid, invisible style carries us deep into the hearts and minds of these characters.
January 1, 2000
A lovely, intimate rethinking of Anton Chekhov's Russian classic Uncle Vanya.
January 1, 2000
Vanya on 42nd Street may be the most innovative and successful straight film adaptation of any play.
January 1, 2000
The overall effect of Uncle Vanya on 42nd Street is that one has just experienced something truly timeless.
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.