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About the Movie
Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman writes, produces and makes his directorial debut with this timeless supernatural fantasy based on Mark Helprin's best-selling novel. Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, it is a story of miracles, crossed destinies and the age-old battle between good and evil. Colin Farrell plays a turn-of-the-century Irish thief who encounters a terminally ill heiress while robbing her house. Falling irrevocably in love with her, his only option is to discover a way to stop time and bring her back from death. In addition to the sweeping, romantic story, Akiva Goldsman's passion project features a remarkable roster of acting talent including Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay and Oscar® winners Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint and Russell Crowe.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 137
- Fresh: 18
- Rotten: 119
- Average Rating: 3.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Winter's Tale is preposterous twaddle. Use it as a date movie only if you don't love the one you're with.
Rotten: Not only is the story of magic, angels, demons and predetermined destiny preposterous, but the characters are also unconvincing and the dialogue sanctimonious.
Rotten: It might all make more sense to fans of the book. But you shouldn't have to have read the book to be able to see and enjoy the movie.
Rotten: On a purely narrative level, Winter's Tale missteps early and often. Its earnestness is its downfall, resulting in opportunities for unintentional humor.
A Winter's Tale
I loved it. I don't care what the critics had to say. It was an enchanting tale from beginning to end. We could all use a miracle every now and then.
Turns out demons hate true love. One might hope that such love was discernible from carnality. This film makes no such distinction. Other films like Titanic conflate the two similarly. But in Titanic our hero characters are situated in a universe that makes sense. That world has rules which make sense. There’s film making craft used so you care about the people. None of those things are present in Winter’s Tale. The confused sentimentality becomes less coherent as the film progresses.
Will Smith plays satan. Russell Crow is a demon mafia vampire who collects crystals and enjoys shining beams of light into them. There’s a flying magical horse, Time Travel, immortality, a boss fight. Then we’re in the future our character in 100 years does not seem particularly any more mature, yet still remains to deliver emotionally manipulative plot points. It’s a mess.
What a beautiful movie! I am so impressed with this captivating film. A fantasy twist tied into such an amazing story. Get the Kleenex. Heart warming, lovely film worth watching. Wow!