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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
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  1. HTI.
    Feb 1, 2006
    10
    This is one of the most heart-wrenching movies I have experienced.
  2. AmberR.
    May 10, 2003
    10
    Screw what the critics have to say. Critics are just people who wish they could act, but can't! This movie kicked ass. Everyone was cast to perfection. Loved everything about it. Daniel Day-Lewis is so handsome!
  3. GiuseppeB
    Oct 10, 2006
    10
    Michelle Pfeiffer had to win the Oscar.
  4. YoonC.
    Sep 13, 2003
    9
    Scorsese's stab at something akin to Magnificent Ambersons is an higly impressive visual triumph. The details are exquisite, textures rich, the atmosphere hushed and enchanting. Yet, Scorsese shows strains of an dazzled outsider with mouth gaped open. Worse, Michelle Pfeiffer, generally a fine actress, is disastrous as a free spirit who momentarily lifts the Daniel Day Lewis Scorsese's stab at something akin to Magnificent Ambersons is an higly impressive visual triumph. The details are exquisite, textures rich, the atmosphere hushed and enchanting. Yet, Scorsese shows strains of an dazzled outsider with mouth gaped open. Worse, Michelle Pfeiffer, generally a fine actress, is disastrous as a free spirit who momentarily lifts the Daniel Day Lewis character out of daily doldrums of routine life. Frankly, I found Ryder more spontaneous and lively than Pfeiffer. But, clearly the work of a master and the sort of film that proves rewarding in myriad surprising ways with each viewing. Caught it 4 times at the theater and never grew tired. Expand
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 50
    A bore... The film leaves you with the feeling, once again, of having enjoyed a lovely meal fit for royalty only to discover, too late, that the fruit was made of wax and the roast was little more than a Styrofoam mock-up.
  2. As beautifully mounted as this production is, Scorsese has a way of letting the decor take over, so that Wharton's tale of societal constraints comes through only in fits and starts. But it's a noble failure.
  3. 100
    I have seen love scenes in which naked bodies thrash in sweaty passion, but I have rarely seen them more passionate than in this movie, where everyone is wrapped in layers of Victorian repression.