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Wuthering Heights Reviews

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Michael Atkinson
In These Times
April 13, 2016
Arnold's coup turns the old story around, from a wicked love-lost tragedy into a crisis of a society suffering the guilt and ghosts of slavery.
John P. McCarthy
America Magazine
April 28, 2014
Intense and imagistic, sensual and rather salacious, this is a wild, fascinatingly bleak adaptation that seizes on the book's more lurid motifs.
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
February 11, 2013
Wuthering Heights is stunningly shot and beautifully acted. It puts you inside the minds of Cathy and Heathcliff in a way no other adaptation has done before.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 4, 2013
Cuts beneath the romantic accretion of decades of movie and TV adaptations to penetrate the dark heathen heart of Emily Bronte's 1847 novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 6, 2012
Arnold drastically pares back dialogue and exposition, telling the classic tale of passion and revenge with probing, harshly sensual camera work and a minimum of sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rebecca Barry Hill
December 2, 2012
Your enjoyment of the film will depend on your appreciation of the troubling and brutal nature of the source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Larsen
December 1, 2012
...almost unbearably sensual - and not only in a sexual way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Tallerico
November 30, 2012
Arnold doesn't merely adapt Bronte's story but retells it in her own style, creating a film that can be frustratingly languid to start but becomes mesmerizing as it progresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5.0
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 29, 2012
Arnold has been successful in reimagining the story's archetypal emotions in the story, bringing it closer to its passionate elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Pais
November 29, 2012
Alive with texture--sensations and noises, fur and breezes, accentuating both slow-moving stillness and the perception of the now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 13, 2012
Arnold's film reinvents Brontė's 1847 tragedy as if it had never been filmed before, from the damp ground up.
October 19, 2012
Bearing about as much resemblance to the famous 1939 film as chalk does to cheese, Arnold employs the jagged, realist style that defined her excellent films Red Road (2006) and Fish Tank (2009) to great effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 19, 2012
While director Arnold captures the semi-barbaric violence, rough beauty and rustic splendor of her setting and period, her use of nonprofessional actors in many roles detracts from the story's power.
Full Review | Original Score: B plus
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 19, 2012
It is in so many ways the first adaptation of Wuthering Heights.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 18, 2012
Lyrical and minimalist - if you don't care for such qualities, you may just find it slow ...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 18, 2012
You feel its damp chill, enveloping the characters like a rough, thick cloak; if you screamed into this wind, nobody would hear you.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
October 12, 2012
Minimalistic, impressionistic, powerful filmmaking brings a fresh take to this English classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
October 12, 2012
A bleak but gripping retelling of a literary classic, which makes brave but effective use of its creative license.
Glenn Dunks
October 12, 2012
Wuthering Heights is an audacious retelling of the famous story; a unique retelling that should be championed and celebrated.
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian
October 12, 2012
Even more striking than Arnold's impressionistic style is the way in which she strips these characters down to their abusive and vindictive cores.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.9/10
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