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Wuthering Heights Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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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
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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
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David Denby
New Yorker
October 8, 2012
All of the book's poetry is gone; it isn't even a memory.
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October 5, 2012
Arnold, a director of uncommon originality, attacks our very notion of what a costume drama should look like. The result is neither dainty nor remotely refined: It's an animalistic, mud-splattered howl of torment.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 5, 2012
If you can slow down your movie metabolism enough to acclimate to its world, Arnold's naturalistic retelling grasps an elemental truth about the novel.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 5, 2012
This is what the movies can do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
October 5, 2012
If you can handle the glacial pacing and lack of dialogue, there is a certain squirmy satisfaction to watching this well-worn story of love, cruelty and madness play out minus the long-winded speeches and romantic catharsis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 4, 2012
I love this movie, and love the way it burrows through an English-lit classic to deliver a sensory, kinetic experience that's true to the book but also entirely different.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 4, 2012
An admirable, frustrating attempt to strip away the novel's inherited "classic" status and restore its raw and earthy passion.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
October 4, 2012
...a film that is always interesting but never entirely compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
October 4, 2012
It's an unexpected take on Wuthering Heights, one made all the more powerful, and no less faithful, for its unconventional choices.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 2, 2012
This weird, yearning movie could become beloved to many, just as the novel has been.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 2, 2012
Undoubtedly, its coup de grāce has everything to do with race.
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September 28, 2012
...Utterly absorbing, [Arnold] has created something lasting and beautiful, the kind of film that is entirely engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
September 13, 2011
Its singular and unflinching vision is always admirable and often breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mary Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 9, 2011
Faithful and bold...
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
September 8, 2011
An audaciously and satisfyingly stark, direct and radical approach to an oft-filmed literary classic.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
September 7, 2011
Unfortunately more interesting in theory than it is to watch.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
September 7, 2011
This 'Wuthering Heights' looks astounding and there are clever decisions in almost every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5