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About the Movie
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: 211
- Fresh: 176
- Rotten: 35
- Average Rating: 7.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It ranks with the best novel adaptations of recent times.
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.
Fresh: One of the few adaptations that gives a novel the film it deserves.
Rotten: Atonement is not only too polite but maddeningly orderly, resulting in a prettily cast, professionally performed, impeccably mounted bore.
This is a great, compelling movie, you really get into it and it delivers a good message. It has some minor flaws, but it makes up in so many places, you likely won't care.
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.
The Best Film of 2007
An amazing, sweeping epic that will leave you breathless at the end. Everything in this film, from the impeccable art direction and cinematography, to McAvoy's and Knightley's stunning performances, is nearly flawless. Atonement is a masterpiece.