Focus Features | Release Date: November 8, 2002
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FantasyL.Dec 4, 2002
Just came back from viewing Far From Heaven. From reading the reviews, I expected more? The acting was stiff but competent. It might have been better if they had left their hair down just a tad. The 1950s were captured beautifully as if they Just came back from viewing Far From Heaven. From reading the reviews, I expected more? The acting was stiff but competent. It might have been better if they had left their hair down just a tad. The 1950s were captured beautifully as if they had been painted on canvas. Julianne Moore's character was just too perfect to be believed? Here she was, every man's dream...beautiful, loving and devoted, yet she was cast aside. Any wife when she first learned of her husband's secret would have been filled with outrage. To the contrary, she pretended in a cookie cutter mode that nothing out of the ordinary had happened preferring to keep her emotions in check. She thought by his going to a psychiatrist it would cure the problem. But what about her psyche? The movie should have delved deeper into her needs. The screenplay was written in an unrealistic manner regardless of the era. This deterred me from giving a higher score. Expand
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AllisonR.Feb 21, 2006
Predictable movie. lacked focus while trying to tackle two huge themes (homosexuality & racism) at the same time... Didn't enjoy the acting in this movie, extremely sterile and contrived. Anybody else notice the boeing jet fly by on the Predictable movie. lacked focus while trying to tackle two huge themes (homosexuality & racism) at the same time... Didn't enjoy the acting in this movie, extremely sterile and contrived. Anybody else notice the boeing jet fly by on the reflection in the woman's car, while she was watching them go into the black resturant? Can't believe that made the cut! Expand
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GeoffreyM.Jan 3, 2003
Stilted but good performances.
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A.W.Feb 22, 2003
A+, an extremely competent film. It seems, Post-Velvet Goldmine, that Haynes wanted to prove he can have total control over his filmmaking-- well, he did his homework-- the critics love it... But, this is his weakest film. Unlike one of the A+, an extremely competent film. It seems, Post-Velvet Goldmine, that Haynes wanted to prove he can have total control over his filmmaking-- well, he did his homework-- the critics love it... But, this is his weakest film. Unlike one of the best American films ever, Safe, this project really is safe, no risks-- the audience can sit back, and look back, and feel great about how open-minded we all are now... Expand
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RichardApr 14, 2003
It's a ravishing film to look at and hear - Elmer Bernstein's score is one of the best ever. There are individual scenes that register, esp. between Moore and Haysbert, very strongly. And Moore's performance is just beautiful, It's a ravishing film to look at and hear - Elmer Bernstein's score is one of the best ever. There are individual scenes that register, esp. between Moore and Haysbert, very strongly. And Moore's performance is just beautiful, matched by the shrewish Clarkson and the subtle Viola Davis. But I'm still not sure whether the movie's meant to be a parody of these kinds of '50s melodramas or whether it really means to make some kind of socially relevant commentary. If it's trying to have it both ways, I think it fails - the satire's too obvious and defangs the commentary. Quaid's character is one-and-a-half dimensional and Haysbert, although wonderful in the role, is so noble he makes Sidney Poitier look like Method Man. But there's Moore's performance, and that Bernstein score, to make the time invested worthwhile. Expand
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Compi24Oct 21, 2013
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.
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