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  • Summary: Paltrow stars as legendary American author and poet Sylvia Plath, opposite Craig as British Poet Laureate Edward (Ted) Hughes. The film explores the source of creative genius, and love in all its passion. (Focus Features)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40
  1. This is the richest role Paltrow has had since ''Shakespeare in Love,'' and she rises to the challenge. She digs deep into Plath's mercurial nature, giving us a Sylvia who's fiercely independent and alive yet burdened with demons of insecurity that bubble up in a rage.
  2. Christine Jeffs's film is an emotionally rich biography of the poet Sylvia Plath, who is played with radiant conviction by Gwyneth Paltrow.
  3. What Jeffs -- and Paltrow -- do capture is the shroud of tragedy that hovered over Plath.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    Frustratingly anemic, the filmmakers hiding behind their good taste and sensitivity. They might as well have gone for broke, since Plath and Hughes' daughter accused them of monstrous exploitation anyway.
  5. 50
    Compare Sylvia to another, more powerful film about a tragic literary death: "Iris," about Iris Murdoch's descent into Alzheimer's, leaves you with an aching heart and reddened eyes. After the equally sorrowful Sylvia, we are entertained but unmoved.
  6. The movie doesn't shed much light on their famously contentious marriage. Instead, it spreads gloom all around.
  7. 30
    Sylvia plays it safe, and in doing so it becomes little more than just another domestic melodrama devoid of life and, of all things, poetry.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6

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