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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: 12 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. Mar 10, 2014
    10
    Nice, heart-warming movie. Slow, anti-climatic, but soothing with mesmerizing music. Authentic, historic feel to the setting. Good acting by some big names. Expand
  2. Aug 15, 2014
    10
    There's no reason for this movie to have all those horrible reviews. It had beautiful writing, a cute twist in the end, and the whole good vs evil/devils vs angels thing was great. If you like to think of the possibilities in life, and like the idea of destiny you will enjoy this I'm sure. Expand
  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 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. Aug 17, 2014
    6
    Don't over think this film it is outlandish but the romance is well worth your time. It's all about the great chemistry between the two leads that works. The current day storyline could have been dropped shaving about 30 minutes off the run time, but the film is solid nonetheless. B- Expand
  5. Feb 14, 2014
    3
    Do you believe a prince kissing a princess will bring her back to life? Do you believe in white horses growing wings and flying? Do you believe in people turning into stars after dying? Do you believe in Lucifer, Hell and Heaven? How about the super-natural? Do you believe in love?

    It being Valentine's Day weekend 3 romantic movies and "RoboCop" opened up. Being a romantic I picked "Winter's Tale" and I am still not sure what I saw! Winter's Tale opens on a confusing note spending time in 2014 and 1914 but quickly turns into an early 20th century love story between an orphan, Peter Lake (played by Colin Farrell, and an heiress Beverly Penn (played by Jessica Brown Findlay) who has consumption. Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe), who brought up Peter, taught him how to be a master thief with a natural penchant for fixing anything mechanical, including opening safes and they have a falling out. Along with being an Irish mob leader, it is the early 1900s in New York City, Pearly is also one of Lucifer's (Will Smith!)workers and he is out to end Peter's life.

    Without giving away any spoilers we are suddenly in 2014 with Peter not having aged a day since we last saw him but with amnesia. He meets Virginia Gamely (Jennifer Connelly) a newspaper reporter and her young daughter Abby (Ripley Sobo) who is dying of cancer. Pearly, also ageless, is also in New York to get Peter.

    The biggest surprise in the movie is the appearance of Eva Marie Saint as Willa, Beverly's younger sister, at her real age of 90. It has been 60 years since she won her Oscar for On The Waterfront and, yes, she has aged, but watching a movie like this you can see the young Edie Doyle of that movie. William hurt as Issac Penn the father of Beverly and Willa does what he can with what little he is given to work with. Almost unrecognizable is Matt Bomer in a cameo.

    Colin Farrell, with his caterpillar eyebrows and puppy eyes, plays the lover role well as does Jessica Brown Findlay as the ethereal Beverly. Russell Crowe, a lot thinner than he has been in the past few years, plays Pearly as the gangster of the century sometimes going a little overboard with the accent.

    New York, especially Central Park in both centuries, is shown as the vibrant city it is known as the world over.

    Director and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman doesn't quite capture the novel, by Mark Helprin, that the picture is based on but there are quite a few breath taking shots throughout the movie, including the flying horse.

    The love story is touching but the rest of the movie brought laughs at the wrong places and snorts at some of the explanations. And what was the cause of the scar on Pearly Soames?

    "Winter's Tale" is good when it concentrates in the first hour on the love story and with Eva Marie Saint's appearance almost saving the last hour of supernatural happenings.
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  6. 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 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
  7. Feb 14, 2014
    1
    Winter's Tale plods along from one slipshod sequence to the next, never managing to get a handle on its epic narrative and weighed down by its own pretension. There probably could have been a very nice movie made from this fantastical material, but it's never focused enough to work and is almost immediately sunk by its own ridiculousness and melodrama. Expand

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