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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: 135
- Fresh: 17
- Rotten: 118
- 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.
Really Wanted to Love This But...
I felt as if each scene were a clue to another, far more interesting story that never gets fully realized. Very frustrating. I understand the "grander" idea behind the story, but felt its execution lacking, and its final burden of proof too disconnected from the first 3/4 of the film, as well as too vague to be satisfying, ha.
There's a clunky script and less-than-epic love-story involved (which--love stories don't have to be epic, but this one is meant to carry the heart of the film and simply doesn't), which do nothing to aid in the random but very important transition for our main character later in the story--and are tools that COULD have made this movie much more memorable.
I feel as though I were plunked into the middle of something, and there's just not enough information all around to really invest any heartstrings. Perhaps if it were a mini-series or trilogy, it could have been a lot...more.
That said, there's a charm and beauty to the film that gives it a magical feel (which is what I was initially drawn to from the trailers) and an edge of danger--both physical and otherworldly--that gives it enough suspense to see it through to the end. I'd advise at least a one-time watch. I might watch it again myself another time to see if I can enjoy it for what it is, now that I know not to expect more.
I could not for the life of me figure out what was wrong with this film. The music is incredible. The cinematography top notch. The special effects are completely adequate. The actors and actresses are some of the best in the business.
So why was I completely bored by this film? For one thing, the production standards are way too high and not aligned with the story, which should have been a lot more HUMBLE. It was a bit like a glitz-ed out version of a Dickens tale. Like seeing a film of Oliver Twist with customized full resolution copyrighted "dirt and grime" to show how poor the lad was.
The other aspect of this film that was dreadful was the script, which switched back and forth between the narration of the book and the actual scenes the whole time. It got old really fast, and it didn't help that the editing was a disjointed mess, an assault on the senses that could be seen as exciting or annoying. For me, it was annoying.
I don't think I need to get into the wooden two dimensional performances of the actors and actresses in this film. Aren'e we tired of Colin's eyebrows yet with their three positions of happy, sad and angry? And Will Smith? WUT?
If you love epic fluff then you will be in heaven with this film. Collect the soundtrack and the action figures and read the book *which wasn't so great if you ask me). But don't expect anything innovative here. It is a dead end.
I went to the theaters to watch this and left wishing I had just stayed home and found something on Netflix instead. Not even Colin Farrel could salvage this film, so unless you like cheasy Angel VS Demon plot lines, don't watch and definitely don't buy.