Sylvia

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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
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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.