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British actor Peter Howitt wrote and directed this British romantic comedy-drama with a "road not taken" premise recalling the 1921 play If by Lord Dunsany (1878-1957), Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946), and O.Henry's short story Roads of Destiny (1909). Howitt's storyline branches in two directions: Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow) loses her job at a classy London PR firm, has a run-in with a purse-snatcher, and finds her boyfriend Gerry (John Lynch) in bed with his former girlfriend Lydia (Jeanne Tripplehorn). But what if it were one of those days when everything goes right? As the sliding doors close while she stands on a subway platform in the London underground, Helen ponders the events in her alternate reality. The plot of Lord Dunsany's If also hinges on a future determined by catching or missing a train. Sliding Doors was shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 49
- Fresh: 31
- Rotten: 18
- Average Rating: 6.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Once the movie throws in a jolting, late-in- the-game plot twist that could have been borrowed from City of Angels, it never regains its balance.
Fresh: It's not so much the tale itself as the slippery interplay between characters that makes Sliding Doors enjoyable.
Fresh: The script is shrewd and inventive, combining wit, romance, and intelligent melodrama into a crowd-pleasing whole.
Fresh: Paltrow is delightful as the trendy Londoner running parallel lives and has a disturbingly accurate English accent.
Thought provoking movie
This is a great movie. It really makes you wonder and kept me guessing the whole time. It's cute but also provoke a lot of interesting things to think about how a split second, your whole life can change.
This flim kept me guessing and emotionally invested it's well worth a watch!
I really enjoyed this movie.