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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36

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  1. Lyn
    Aug 22, 2010
    9
    When Helen Mirren got an Oscar nomination for this, I thought, hoo, boy, does she have to get nominated for every film she does? But having seen the film now, I have to say she totally deserved it! As Tolstoy's wife, she is smart, tormented, manipulative, sensual, vulnerable . . . just amazing. Christopher Plummer is terrific, too.
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76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 88
    A stop any literary-minded movie-goer will want to make.
  2. The movie seemed a disappointment at first, until I decided I was missing the point: It’s actually a drama about the way people treat a celebrity – with fear or reverence, as a source of income or reflected glory– and the way their own personalities change around him, while his stays the same. In that way, the film’s a small triumph.
  3. It is edifying, it is emotionally engaging, it is embraceable.