Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. 100
    Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid and Dennis Haysbert are called on to play characters whose instincts are wholly different from their own. By succeeding, they make their characters real, instead of stereotypes.
  2. There's an incongruous but ravishing beauty in Far From Heaven, and in its three excellent central performances, that counteracts the seeming kitschiness of the story.
  3. Easily the best American film so far this year, Far From Heaven is close to perfect.
  4. 100
    Perhaps the year's most daring and fully realized movie, is a pitch-perfect re-creation of '50s melodramas, showcasing a four-hankie performance by a peroxided Julianne Moore.
  5. The movie is, start to finish, candy-colored angst.
  6. 100
    This is a love letter from one auteur to another that doesn't feel like a term paper. Instead, Far From Heaven is an honest-to-God drama with resonance all its own.
  7. 100
    Far From Heaven would have been one of the great American films of the '50s; it is certainly the finest American melodrama of our time.
  8. 100
    A movie for hardcore film geeks and regular folk alike, a stunning, and stunningly improbable, fusion of postmodern pastiche and old-school Hollywood melodrama. It's both a marvelous technical accomplishment and a tragic love story that sweeps you off your feet.
  9. The film's three leads are extraordinary, but what Moore does with her role is so beyond the parameters of what we call great acting that it nearly defies categorization.
  10. 100
    It rediscovers the aching, desiring humanity in a genre -- and a period-- too often subjected to easy parody or ironic appropriation. In a word, it's divine.
  11. This brilliantly and comprehensively captures the look, feel, and sound of glamorous 50s tearjerkers like All That Heaven Allows, not to mock or feel superior to them but to say new things with their vocabulary.
  12. 90
    Not a campy movie. True, it has its ironies, but though you can read it ironically if you wish, Haynes' triumph is that it also plays beautifully straight.
  13. 90
    Haynes makes it possible to forget all the layers at work and simply be swept up in the story's emotions. As in Sirk's films, these characters live and breathe within the film's exaggerated reality, thanks to rich performances by Haysbert, Quaid, and especially Moore.
  14. 90
    A supremely intelligent pastiche.
  15. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    Moore’s stunning, subtle performance as a woman trapped in the conventions of her time encapsulates the film’s brave, double-edged beauty.
  16. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    Ironizes without parodying an antique screen manner, then reaches out from beneath this smooth cover to grab us.
  17. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    90
    An accomplished marriage of elaborate style and content.
  18. Three sterling performances from Moore, Haysbert and Quaid, all of whom grapple with psychic pain in different, touching ways.
  19. Haynes brings the emotional underbelly to the surface, he also tricks up the visual surface with elaborate color schemes that provide unspoken clues regarding the characters’ frames of mind.
  20. 88
    It feels wholly artificial, and your eyes never tire of drinking it all in.
  21. May be the year's most derivative film, but it's also the most original.
  22. 88
    Begins almost as a nostalgic excursion, but quickly detours into a powerful and telling story that examines forbidden love, racial tension, and other issues that are as valid today as they were in the 1950s.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 62
  2. Negative: 18 out of 62
  1. Aug 26, 2011
    10
    "Far From Heaven" could be considered to be an "experimental" film, to be truthful. It is a study and a replica of the great America melodramas of the 1950s, which is the time period the film is set in. Hayes, the director, has clearly done that intentionally, basically pretending that his film was made in the 1950s. With an excellent screenplay touching upon the ever-relevant issues of racism and homosexuality, the story is rather unpredictable and extremely engaging. The cinematography is absolutely phenomenal, which works exquisitely with the stunning art direction and costume design. Visually, the film is simply beautiful - possibly one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. The acting, as well, is superb, especially the leading trio - Moore, Quaid and Haysbert. Julianne Moore is pitch-perfect in this role that has gained her even more critical acclaim than any other previous role. Quaid has a restrained, but effective performance, just as Haysbert does. One can criticise the film for being "over the top" or "fake" or on such grounds, but what it comes down to is that this film is an homage to the melodramas of the 1950s and is emulating the same. And the act is quite effective and convincing. One of the best and most beautiful and moving films I have ever seen! Full Review »
  2. Oct 21, 2013
    6
    While its soap-opera-esque elements and artifice may be laid on a bit too thick for my tastes, with fine performances all around, I'd say "Far From Heaven" is still worth a viewing. Full Review »
  3. Oct 5, 2013
    10
    Beautiful, tough and sublime film.
    Julianne Moore did her best job. This movie warms your heart because every scene is perfect. At the end I
    was like: "WOW! Awesome, amazing, touchful, maravillo." Full Review »