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Far From Heaven

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Todd Haynes

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About the Movie

Julianne Moore (Hannibal, Boogie Nights) and Dennis Quaid (The Rookie, Frequency) star in this seductive story of a seemingly perfect family, and the forbidden desires that threaten to tear them apart. Cathy Whitaker (Moore) has it all - a lovely home, two wonderful children and a handsome husband (Quaid), who is successfully climbing the corporate ladder. But Cathy's idyllic existence is just an illusion, and she is eventually forced to choose between living a lie or following her heart. Academy Award® nominee Moore "is a vision," declared Rex Reed, and he called Quaid's performance "the best of his career," in this stunning drama hailed by the New York Post as "one of the year's best."

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 215
  • Fresh: 188
  • Rotten: 27
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Quaid makes a decent man's anguish richly palpable. Moore makes us feel hidden frenzy with a cool and ultimately heartbreaking grace. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Apr 1, 2014

Fresh: An accomplished marriage of elaborate style and content. – David Rooney, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: It may be a movie about movies, but the artifice doesn't contradict the movie's plangent emotional realism. Moore's stunning, subtle performance as a woman trapped in the conventions of her time encapsulates the film's brave, double-edged beauty. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Apr 1, 2014

Fresh: Haynes' loving homage to the Technicolor female-driven melodramas of the 1950s looks and feels so authentic, it will make you forget you are watching a new movie. – Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Apr 1, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Good movie, but not for everyone.

I tend to like movies like this... it was pretty slow with not a huge plot (and kind of depressing in a way....) but it kept you watching and wondering and interested. I thought the acting in this was magnificent. I think there was a deep meaning to the film and I really enjoyed it.

Helpless, immature, female protagonist

The retro style was maintained unevenly. The theme was rich, it could have been mined for truer emotion, but the lead seemed so committed to reproducing a vintage style of acting that she came across as exceedingly shallow, almost infantile. She never became stronger or realized anything meaningful about herself; when things fell completely apart she just tried to clamp on to another man in an impossible fantasy and was dragging her poor kids with her like an afterthought. I could barely stand to watch her, and I actually felt angry about how passive she was.

Too melodramatic.

I'm not a fan of Moore, but after watching this movie, I don't think I can bear to see anything else she stars in. Truly awful acting, although she tries hard. A good movie that might have been an excellent one with a different leading female character. She just couldn't get in the right groove here, which is Moore's overall flaw as an actor. She is best is roles that don't stretch her talent too far. Really, since her character is central, she actually ruined the movie.