The Cider House Rules

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  1. 50
    The story touches many themes, lingers with some of them, moves on and arrives at nowhere in particular. It's not a story so much as a reverie about possible stories.
  2. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    50
    Feels like the shell of a wonderful story.
  3. Hallstrom's leisurely adaptation of John Irving's unconventional coming-of-age novel is so well crafted and intelligent that it feels churlish to point out that it's easier to admire than actually like.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 97 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Mar 25, 2016
    2
    Homer Wells is one of the most boring characters I've seen in quite some time. Like mega boring. To the point where his blank expression,Homer Wells is one of the most boring characters I've seen in quite some time. Like mega boring. To the point where his blank expression, small, peach-like face, and ineffectual dialogue began making me madder and madder as the movie went on. So you can see why I thought it was completely over the moon that the hottest girl in the universe leaves the world's sexiest man for him. Full Review »
  2. Nov 28, 2012
    9
    Hallstrom has succeeded in adapting John Irving's novel into an incredibly refreshing period piece. With very touching performances fromHallstrom has succeeded in adapting John Irving's novel into an incredibly refreshing period piece. With very touching performances from Maguire, Caine, and Theron, "The Cider House Rules" effectively portrays Irving's delightful coming-of-age tale. Full Review »
  3. Dec 6, 2011
    10
    I think that is was a great film, and the lighting helped in setting the mood in the film. The soft lighting showed a calm and relaxedI think that is was a great film, and the lighting helped in setting the mood in the film. The soft lighting showed a calm and relaxed environment at the orphanage. The costumes of the characters helped to set the time frame that the film had taken place. I defiantly recommend it for viewing. Full Review »