Winter's Tale

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Mixed or average reviews- based on 74 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 35
  2. Negative: 17 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 13, 2014
    75
    It is partly a failure, but mostly it succeeds, and the film's aspiration is so enormous that that's enough for a moving experience.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Feb 13, 2014
    50
    Goldsman takes Helprin’s book — a work overflowing with events, ideas, characters, passions — and pounds away at it until all that’s left is mush.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Feb 14, 2014
    50
    On a purely narrative level, Winter's Tale missteps early and often. Its earnestness is its downfall, resulting in opportunities for unintentional humor.
  4. Reviewed by: Genevieve Koski
    Feb 13, 2014
    40
    It’s a greeting card of film, full of platitudes and pleasant imagery, and destined to be thrown in a drawer and forgotten in short order.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Feb 12, 2014
    30
    Aspiring transcendent love stories don't come much more claptrappy and unconvincing than Winter's Tale.
  6. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Feb 13, 2014
    25
    Basically a much schmaltzier fantasy version of “Love Story.’’
  7. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Feb 12, 2014
    0
    The entire movie feels belabored, lumbering from one awful, over-dressed set piece to another. It's wrongheaded, it's horrendous, it's filled with lines of dialogue that are utter howlers, and yet, it's the type of movie that feels so confident that it really is something. It is, in fact, not.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 29
  2. Negative: 12 out of 29
  1. Oct 22, 2014
    10
    If you are well educated in the realm of mythology and don't HAVE to have the laws of a mystical system explained to you like a ten year oldIf you are well educated in the realm of mythology and don't HAVE to have the laws of a mystical system explained to you like a ten year old then this movie will definitely appeal to you. With an all star cast this movie was all I expected and more. Honestly, I went to see this movie based on the advice of one of my very favorite writers, Neil Gaiman, and was not disappointed in the least. It's sad to find out the movie did so poorly at the box office. Unfortunately, main stream movie goers won't have the patience or intellect to enjoy this film. As such, it is destined to become a cult classic if the few of us who appreciated it manage to tell our friends and family. Expand
  2. Jun 2, 2014
    10
    I loved it! The storyline the actors and their playing .. everything fits in and I can't understand critics who high-rate X-Men but down-rateI loved it! The storyline the actors and their playing .. everything fits in and I can't understand critics who high-rate X-Men but down-rate Winters Tale because its not realistic or logic enough? Can u explain? I cannot. Winter's tale is a beautiful movie for the whole family and shows that critics aren't everything.

    Btw.. X-Men is great too :>
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  3. Feb 18, 2014
    10
    Perhaps I went into the theatre prepared to love it. But I truly did love this movie. The book is one of my favorites, and this is not thePerhaps I went into the theatre prepared to love it. But I truly did love this movie. The book is one of my favorites, and this is not the book, but it does have plenty of moments of its enchantment. I don't think you will like or even be able to follow this movie, or accept it in any way, without having read the book. You have to have a certain understanding, and acceptance, I think. Expand
  4. Apr 11, 2015
    4
    Winter Tale es una película que si bien tiene sentimiento, después de cierto punto empieza a perderse de su enfoque inicial.

    Esta película
    Winter Tale es una película que si bien tiene sentimiento, después de cierto punto empieza a perderse de su enfoque inicial.

    Esta película si bien está hecha con sentimiento, no logra elevar su calidad, siendo en momentos fastidiosa y también con una trama con la que en algún momento se llega a la conclusión de que se perdió de su punto de arranque, empezando a volverse un tanto patética y que al final no llega a impactar., dejando que, en general, este film busca tener una historia romántica llena de sentimientos y lograr cautivar al público, pero que al fin y al cabo desarrolla de una manera un tanto desperfilada no llegando a un punto que sea considerable, a pesar de que en un punto quizá estuvo cerca de lograrlo.
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  5. Feb 27, 2016
    3
    'Winter's Tale' was a movie you can imagine I was pretty excited for, a fantasy love story on Valentine's Day. Plus, the trailers and the'Winter's Tale' was a movie you can imagine I was pretty excited for, a fantasy love story on Valentine's Day. Plus, the trailers and the poster made it look very interesting, and it had a pretty respectable cast.

    This movie was not at all what I expected.

    'Winter's Tale' is a sometimes confused, oddly paced and strangely structured picture that feels like you are watching two different movies at once. Certain scenes of character development seem a little rushed, and you want to get yourself invested, but for some reason, this movie pushes you further and further away.

    Colin Farrell plays a man named Peter Lake who, as a child, was sent away on a boat. As an adult, he spends most of his life stealing and hiding from a man who is after him named Pearly (an over the top Russell Crowe). Peter ends up just coming across some white horse that appears to be magical, as it can fly and disappear when it chooses to do so.

    During his journey, he comes across a young girl named Beverly (Jessica Brown Findlay) who appears to be dying, and he feels as if it's his job to look after her, and make her better. They instantly fall in love, but it feels very abrupt that they feel this way...one moment she is supposed to be scared of him, the next, they are just instantly into each other.

    Pearly finds out about this, and tries all he can to stop Lake in his tracks. Russell Crowe's thick Irish accent makes it hard to take him seriously, and he overacts to the point where it feels like a parody of the book that this was adapted from.

    The dialogue here is a little corny as well, "You...are...impossibly beautiful" so says Peter as he looks deeper into Beverly's eyes. "Stop, or I'll melt all the snow I am standing on" answers Beverly and Peter then says "Give me a chance and you'll melt all the snow in the world". This dialogue is not quite as terrible as the ones you hear in 'Star Wars: Attack of the Clones' (2002), but it could've gone down that route.

    The second half of the movie takes place almost 100 years later in present day, and Peter seems to have no memory of what's happened to him, he cannot even remember his own identity. But he feels like he has some unfinished business, hence why he is still alive, and Pearly...who somehow is also in present day, knows about this, and still is intent to try and stop him.

    The movie is the directorial debut of Akiva Goldsman, who also wrote 'A Beautiful Mind' (2001), and 'Cinderella Man' (2005), but also wrote 'Batman & Robin' (1997) and 'Lost In Space' (1998). For a director, he has the right visual tone as to how this movie should look, the cinematography by Caleb Deschanel is inspired also. It's just, maybe Goldsman should've hired some other writers to write the screenplay where it feels less rushed and less corny from time to time.

    I did find myself rooting for Farrell's character, but ultimately, everybody else in this movie seemed like an exaggeration of whatever it is they are supposed to represent. Jessica Brown Findlay, while she is a good actress, seems almost lifeless in the role, and I know, she is supposed to be playing a dying girl. I've also mentioned how over the top Russell Crowe is, so we can leave it at that.

    'Winter's Tale' is a well-meaning, but ultimately forgettable and sometimes bland effort.
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  6. Nov 27, 2014
    3
    My god what a cast! This ought to be something!

    Yeah this movie is something, a pile of **** This is one of the worst movies of the year.
    My god what a cast! This ought to be something!

    Yeah this movie is something, a pile of **** This is one of the worst movies of the year. We are suppose to sit through a two freakin hour movie filled with cliches, two dimensional characters, a boring plot and one of the worst developed romances I have ever seen. So if you want to watch a romance movie with your spouse or boy/girlfriend I do not suggest this. Instead try out Silver Linings Playbook, The Fault in Our Stars, Titanic or even Die Hard.
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  7. Feb 15, 2014
    1
    This is a very bad movie. The plot made no sense. The acting was terrible. The special effect (a magic flying horse) was crude andThis is a very bad movie. The plot made no sense. The acting was terrible. The special effect (a magic flying horse) was crude and ineffective. There was a misplaced Will Smith cameo as Lucifer that did not fit. There is simply no redeeming quality to this very bad movie. Anyone saying otherwise is being paid. Expand

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