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5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
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  1. ChadS.
    Nov 29, 2003
    5
    The storytelling gets very sloppy just before the release of Plath's first collection of poetry. From a state of writer's block, "Sylvia" makes a leap to the publication of "The Collossus". This book is every bit as important as "Ariel", because it's her first success, so the writing shouldn't have taken place completely off-screen. What really kills "Sylvia" is the The storytelling gets very sloppy just before the release of Plath's first collection of poetry. From a state of writer's block, "Sylvia" makes a leap to the publication of "The Collossus". This book is every bit as important as "Ariel", because it's her first success, so the writing shouldn't have taken place completely off-screen. What really kills "Sylvia" is the lackluster presentation of her poetry. The movie doesn't get inside her head enough. Paltrow gives us a lot of sad Plath, but it's mad Plath who we came to see. Plath's life might've been dominated by obsessing over her philandering husband, but the way it's presented here is repetitive and boring. Expand
  2. KyleF.
    Nov 5, 2003
    8
    I don't know much about Sylvia Plath, but I do think that Gwynneth Paltrow did a great job of showing the various emotions and reactions to the events in her life. This movie kept my attention for the duration of the movie. The heartache of infidelity was well portrayed. The cruelty and tragedy of it all believable.
  3. NickB.
    Oct 31, 2003
    9
    Given the budget, the inability to use any poetry within the script, and the potentially disgustingly sensational roads the film could have taken, I think that Jeffs, Craig, Brownlow, and especially Paltrow do a wonderful job. Their work is excellent, real and moving.
  4. Missalvastarr
    Nov 17, 2003
    0
    this movie is horrible. aside from gwyneth paltrow being totally wrong for the part because of her inability to portray a character with much depth and the fact that she didn't even bother to sport brown contacts, darken her hair, or try the new england accent in order to at least resemble plath in some minor way, this film is grossly inaccurate. anyone who even bothered to do any this movie is horrible. aside from gwyneth paltrow being totally wrong for the part because of her inability to portray a character with much depth and the fact that she didn't even bother to sport brown contacts, darken her hair, or try the new england accent in order to at least resemble plath in some minor way, this film is grossly inaccurate. anyone who even bothered to do any research couldn't have made such astounding fallacies (i.e. making her mother aurelia plath a rich, mansion dwelling socialite, with servants when, in fact, she was a hardworking typing teacher, barely able to maintain her middle class status, who, by all accounts, did not live in a mansion). i wonder why the filmmakers bothered if they weren't even going to attempt an accurate account of plath and her struggles with life, death, motherhood, marriage, and poetry. instead, they portray her as a bitter wife, jealous of her husband's fame. though plath was, no doubt, bitter and jealous during her life, as her journals demonstrate, she was also so much more than that and this movie fails to capture her depth and intensity. Expand
  5. [Anonymous]
    Oct 15, 2003
    1
    Boring, and the suicide scene was made to look romanticized yet, it was really a horrific moment in which a woman's battle with sanity was lost. i also found it intolerable how gwyneth couldnt even use sylvia's prominent accent, and looked nothing like her. i couldnt think of a worse actress for the role or a worse movie for this amazing poet.
  6. HonestJohn
    Oct 16, 2003
    9
    Good movie, folks.
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40
  1. 50
    It's a dreary movie about a dreary character, offering little insight into her poetry or the mental illness that ultimately conquered her.
  2. Despite an exceptional performance by Paltrow, whose Plath is a layer cake of infinite intelligence and bottomless need, Jeffs' film is an icy affair lacking the fever of Plath's and Hughes' poems.
  3. 80
    The excellent cast is headed by Gwyneth Paltrow in the mood-shifting title role and Daniel Craig as the helpless, not-so-happily philandering Hughes.