The Scarlet Letter (1995)Closed Captioning
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A beautiful, intelligent woman has an affair. Rather than reveal the name of the father of her child, she wears the scarlet "A" the townspeople foist upon her as punishment for her transgression rather than buckle under to their tyrannical demands.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 35
- Fresh: 5
- Rotten: 30
- Average Rating: 3.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: If you've read the book you won't know the ending. Let's just say that Indians with flaming arrows come to the rescue. They manage to keep a straight face, which is more than anyone in the audience will be able to do.
Rotten: Students beware: This is no sub for Cliffs Notes. The script takes more liberties with the text than Elizabeth Berkley did with that pole in Showgirls.
Rotten: A very '90s take on a 1660s tale written in 1850, as a picture of early colonial life it's about as convincing as Pocahontas.
Rotten: Though it's unclear what the audience would be for a faithful rendition of the Hawthorne novel, the question of who would ever want to see this one is murkier still.
I don't understand why this was considered box office poison; I loved it! I wasn't concerned that it deviated from the original book. If one understands the history of witch hunts, male dominance of society and how women were not allowed to voice opinions or have independent thought, the movie is believable.
I thought the chemistry between Demi and Gary was flaming hot, this is one of my favorite movies. I'm not surprised men don't like it though, they can't relate to a woman's shame, so how could they give a positive review?
The scarlet joke
Get a lot of beer, a ton of popcorn, and a bunch of friends, and laugh your whatevers off at this AWFUL excuse for a film version of a great classic. Not even Demi naked can redeem this thing.
I loved It!
Yes, it's not like the novel by Hawthorn, but I loved this version non the less. True it was hard, at first, to accept Demi Moore as a woman living in the 1600s, but as soon as she started interacting with Gary Oldman, and all the other very talented costars, that doubted melted away, and I was able to watch this film and love every single minute of this celluloid gem! Please, if you haven't, give this movie a chance. Honestly, I believe you won't regret it if you go into it with an open mind, that is. Thank you iTunes for finally offering this, and for not making it be a rent only!!
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2002
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