Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    30
    Neil LaBute’s Possession is bad, but not spectacularly bad, which is disappointing.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Brace
    30
    What's supposed to be a deep examination of the transcendence of love and art and poetry turns into another shallow film about how repressed the British are.
  3. The problem with Possession isn't that it's filmed in a lackluster way, but that it shouldn't have been filmed at all. Byatt's novel is an adventure in language, telling its story through a kaleidoscopic array of Victorian-style poetry and prose, alongside gripping accounts of the characters' activities and escapades.
  4. How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways.

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