Winter's Tale

Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 35
  2. Negative: 17 out of 35

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Feb 14, 2014
    38
    Winter's Tale probably won't please anyone: neither fans of the book nor those who have never read it. It lacks visual splendor (except for one or two scenes). It lacks emotional depth. It lacks scope and magic.
  2. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Feb 14, 2014
    36
    Not every book should be made into a film and, as appears to be the case with Winter’s Tale, not every book can be (especially this one).
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 13, 2014
    30
    Mr. Goldsman, a first-time director though a veteran screenwriter, has been done in by the source material. Either he climbed aboard a horse that was too much for him, or the universe gave him a bum steer.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Feb 12, 2014
    30
    Aspiring transcendent love stories don't come much more claptrappy and unconvincing than Winter's Tale.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Feb 12, 2014
    30
    The best miracles are those that creep up on you unexpectedly rather than endlessly announcing themselves, and the ones in Winter’s Tale are fatally obvious and self-congratulatory.
  6. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Feb 13, 2014
    25
    It is sincerely, painstakingly and astonishingly awful.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Feb 13, 2014
    25
    Winter’s Tale is a good old-fashioned train wreck of a film. This is one of those deals where all the ingredients are Grade A, but the final product is a dud.
  8. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Feb 13, 2014
    25
    Basically a much schmaltzier fantasy version of “Love Story.’’
  9. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Feb 12, 2014
    25
    Movies get crazier and more incomprehensible every day, but you don’t know demented until you see Winter’s Tale.
  10. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Feb 26, 2014
    20
    The whole thing is so roaringly absurd, and delivered with such hands-clasped sincerity, that the only rational response is to laugh the house down.
  11. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Feb 13, 2014
    20
    A thin line separates the magical from the preposterous, and by insisting so strenuously on its own magic, Winter’s Tale pitches helplessly into earnest ridiculousness.
  12. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Feb 13, 2014
    20
    Since this marks the directorial debut of Hollywood hack Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), there’s a heavy foot applied to the era-skipping leaps made by source novelist Mark Helprin.
  13. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 13, 2014
    20
    The whole movie hinges on the allegedly miraculous romance between Beverly and Peter, but Goldsman’s leads are distractingly mismatched and lack even a spark of chemistry.
  14. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Feb 13, 2014
    12
    Fantasy is heavily dependent on vision, which Mark Helprin had in spades, but the look of Akiva Goldsman's fantasy is limp, timid, and occasionally outright awkward.
  15. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Feb 12, 2014
    11
    For those who haven’t read the Mark Helprin novel on which Akiva Goldsman’s film is based, prepare to be confused, annoyed, bewildered, and yet more annoyed by the director’s inability to construct even the most basic of narrative fantasy romances.
  16. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 14, 2014
    0
    Winter's Tale is preposterous twaddle.
  17. 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.
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 29
  2. Negative: 12 out of 29
  1. 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 itsWinter'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. Full Review »
  2. Feb 22, 2014
    3
    Wow! What a perfect way to ruin St Valentine's Day by watching this mess of a movie directed by the writer of Batman & Robin, with terribleWow! What a perfect way to ruin St Valentine's Day by watching this mess of a movie directed by the writer of Batman & Robin, with terrible acting, and Will Smith as Lucifer, with some of the worst I've ever seen, or heard, but again I shouldn't be surprised by that, this is the worst movie on theaters you can watch on St Valentine's Day. (BTW I haven't seen Endless Love yet) Full Review »
  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. Full Review »