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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25

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  1. Jun 25, 2014
    9
    Meryl Streep is flawless in this film which, in my opinion, is her best. The stories of her past, not only the camps but meeting Nathan, are told with heartbreaking truth and beauty. Kevin Kline is a wonderfully unlikable persona. The only flaw, to me, is Stingo. His vulnerability comes thru very well, but his character (or maybe his acting) just wasn't up to par with Streep and Kline. Sophie is one of the most memorable characters I've ever encountered in cinema. Expand
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68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Apr 28, 2014
    70
    Alan J. Pakula’s 1982 adaptation of William Styron’s 1979 novel Sophie’s Choice is one of those films whose great qualities put its lesser elements in sharp relief.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Blowen
    75
    Alan Pakula's literal adaptation of William Styron's Sophie's Choice is an admirable, if reverential, movie that crams this triangle into a 2 1/2 -hour character study enriched by Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, and nearly destroyed by Peter MacNicol. [21 Jan 1983]
  3. 20
    The picture is completely devoid of cinematic interest, adopting instead a tiresome theatrical aesthetic in which showy monologues are filmed in interminable, usually ill-chosen long takes.