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Plot Summary

From the award winning director of Pride and Prejudice comes a stunning, critically acclaimed epic story of love. When a young girl catches her sister in a passionate embrace with a childhood friend, her jealousy drives her to tell a lie that will irrevocably change the course of all their lives forever. Academy Award® nominee Keira Knightley and James McAvoy lead an all-star cast in the film critics are hailing the years best picture (Thelma Adams, US Weekly).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 209
  • Fresh: 174
  • Rotten: 35
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It ranks with the best novel adaptations of recent times. – Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Atonement takes a familiar movie environment, a setting that we think we know, and uses it for an examination of a host of dark impulses, such as jealousy, lust, cruelty and deceit. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 18, 2008

Fresh: One of the few adaptations that gives a novel the film it deserves. – Kenneth Turan, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Atonement is not only too polite but maddeningly orderly, resulting in a prettily cast, professionally performed, impeccably mounted bore. – Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star, Oct 18, 2008

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Customer Reviews

Definately a masterpiece!!!

"Atonement" was one of the best films of 2007, hands down. The story is about a little girl's imagination that goes too far and she ends up telling a lie that tears two lovers apart (one person being her sister, the other a friend of the family's), and changes hers and the couples' lives. James McAvoy is a rising star but has earned a spot in Hollywood with his fantastic performance. Keira Knightley did a terrific job as well. But the real congrats goes to Saoirse Ronan. For such a young women, she does a stupendous job, such a good job that you wonder whether she really is the supporting female role. "Atonement" is a must-see and an instant classic. Thank you iTunes!!!!

A Masterpiece

If there ever was such a thing as a cinematic masterpiece, this film would be a fine example of that. I used to consider Keira Knightley as just an actress who was hired only because of her looks, but no longer do I. She was absolutely wondeful in this film and deserves to be regarded as one of the better actresses of this time. I was previously not familiar with any of James McAvoy's work, but I found him to be simply incredible. His subtility greatly contributed to the film being so good. I also rather enjoyed Saoirse Ronan's performance as Knightley's little sister. She received a much deserved Oscar nomination for her role in the film. Her ability to act as well as she did essentially carried the film to greatness. She basically plays the lead, and does a remarkable job doing so. I was very surprised to see that "Atonement" did not grab Best Picture at the Oscars. It was indeed stiff competition, but I think that this film just had more of an effect on the audience, as opposed to the winner of Best Picture and the other nominees. All in all though, this is truly a phenominal work of art.

Absolutely Breathtaking

This movie is amazing, its a true example of how one thing can change entire lives. The detail and originality of this movie is great and the actors are perfect. This movie is a must see.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2007

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