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Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 100
- Fresh: 68
- Rotten: 32
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: It's just that there isn't enough story - the book shouldn't be required reading for the film to make sense.
Fresh: Arnold, a director of uncommon originality, attacks our very notion of what a costume drama should look like. The result is neither dainty nor remotely refined: It's an animalistic, mud-splattered howl of torment.
Fresh: Arnold has been successful in reimagining the story's archetypal emotions in the story, bringing it closer to its passionate elements.
Fresh: Arnold drastically pares back dialogue and exposition, telling the classic tale of passion and revenge with probing, harshly sensual camera work and a minimum of sentimentality.
SO DARK, IT'S NO LONGER HUMAN.
I really wanted to like this movie. But it was too full of abuse and contempt and all the terrible things about the story with not enough of the good to make it the least bit likable. The appalling animal cruelty in the film should be mentioned before watching, as a disclaimer. The only thing likable was the natural, wilderness of the English countryside. But sadly, the director had nothing to do with that except aiming her camera at it. The actors might have been better had the screenplay allowed for some real character development. The movie, obviously trying to portray a more realistic, raw, wild rendering of the classic novel, remains incomplete. There is a light side AND a dark side to this story and life, in general. But this film was shot entirely in the shadows of perhaps it's more material ambitions, One hint? The oblique 'boogie-nights' 1970s style font during the credits. Its no wonder they chose not to use the same font on the 'cover' art, as seen above.
I could keep going, but I don't like to spend too much time on negativity. And I have nothing positive to say, unfortunately. I think, after watching it all the way through, I at least deserve a few lines of modestly worded disappointment.
Worth a watch
I liked it. VERY moody and VERY slow but visually beautiful.
I have to say I liked where the director was goin somewhat with this but I just don't feel like it was complete. Like someone over chopped on the editing table or what. I don't know but the whole movie pretty much was filled with impressions on what was going on. I felt like this movie should have been longer. If you hadn't read the book than I think you would have gotten a whole different story goin. The emotion was there though and passion. Sooooo much potential. I feel like she may have run out of time or money or something. I wish I would have seen more of the connection between the older Kathrine and Heathcliff. And More dialogue was needed. I don't think she made good use of the cast she had. The visuals were stunning and worked well. I feel the director got who these character's were but just couldn't follow through with portraying it to the audience in this movie. Is there a director's cut cause I needs some answers.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2012
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