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Wuthering Heights Reviews

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David Sexton
London Evening Standard
November 11, 2011
This Wuthering Heights, sponsored by the UK Film Council, may well please the juries. It isn't going to give you a good night out, though. Believe me. Writhing in your seat never lies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
October 12, 2012
With so much attention paid to mood and imagery, emotions seem to get lost in the wind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nathan Southern
TV Guide
October 5, 2012
One can admire the sublimity of Arnold's aesthetic compositions and framing, as well as the generally solid acting from a nonprofessional cast, but that's to no avail when the movie misses its emotional targets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
June 17, 2012
Bleak adaptation of Brontė classic lacks passion and power.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
November 9, 2011
Where's the dangerous passion and emotion which has kept the book alive down the generations for so long?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 29, 2012
In reality it's a bit of a slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
October 11, 2012
Visceral, at times savagely so. (Director Andrea) Arnold heightens the racial and sexual tension and content in ways that I'm not sure Bronte would approve of.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 6, 2012
The atmosphere is vivid but the romance is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 11, 2012
It's just that there isn't enough story - the book shouldn't be required reading for the film to make sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 7, 2012
Physical and mental abuse perpetuates throughout the two hours plus of the film's running time with little reward and Bronte enthusiasts will despair
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 7, 2012
The worst things a filmmaker can be accused of is making a boring film, or a film that takes the audience for a fool - or a film that ignores the cinematic needs of the audience. Arnold's Wuthering Heights seems to do all of these
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
October 12, 2012
She's made a massive miscalculation in shooting it this way. It's a story of grand passion and she misses out completely on the passion, partly because the actors are inexperienced and they don't deliver the goods in terms of performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 12, 2012
Most of what's here is interesting enough to be valuable on its own right without quite managing to be "good".
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 4, 2012
This impressionistic take includes some strikingly authentic visuals, but the acting is lackluster and the languorous story often sinks into tedium with its focus on the minutiae of country life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 4, 2012
Probably the darkest movie ever made with endless scenes in shadowy rooms.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 18, 2012
Arnold is so much stronger on atmosphere than event that she comes to seem resentful of Brontė's plot, and the final scenes are less discomfiting than laughable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2012
Essentially a misunderstanding of (or an inability to convey) the breathing soul of this material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
October 20, 2012
A classic story loses its luster
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 8, 2012
Arnold ... has put her stamp on Emily Brontė's 19th-century novel Wuthering Heights, but it's a smudged and imperfect stamp, to be sure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
November 11, 2011
It's not a costume drama in any real sense, with blusters of wind standing in for dialogue and, frankly, sheer boredom subbing for Brontė's look into the riddles of the human heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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