Sophie's Choice
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The year is 1947. Aspiring southern author Stingo (Peter MacNichol) heads to New York to seek his fortune. Moving into a dingy Brooklyn boarding house, Stingo strikes up a friendship with research chemist Nathan Landau (Kevin Kline) and Nathan's girlfriend, Polish refugee Sophie Zawistowska (Oscar-winner Meryl Streep). There is something unsettling about the relationship; Nathan is subject to violent mood swings, while Sophie seems to be harboring a horrible secret. Stingo soons learns that both Nathan and Sophie are strangers to truth; the audience is likewise led down several garden… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"Astoundingly tedious."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"So perfectly cast and well-imagined that it just takes over and happens to you. It's quite an experience."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The way Streep inhabits Sophie, and brings her history to life whether she's explicitly talking about the past or carrying herself across the room with wounded grace, can't help but make parts of the rest of the film seem smaller by comparison."
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
"The movie is too Hollywood in look and feel, and the flashback and narration are too conventional, and yet the image of the sickly and pale Meryl Streep recollecting her ordeal lingers in memory long after the film is over."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Literary adaptations rarely come more intelligent than this. A beautiful, haunting masterpiece from start to finish."
‑ , Film4
"The picture is completely devoid of cinematic interest, adopting instead a tiresome theatrical aesthetic in which showy monologues are filmed in interminable, usually ill-chosen long takes."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Though it's far from a flawless movie, Sophie's Choice is a unified and deeply affecting one. Thanks in large part to Miss Streep's bravura performance, it's a film that casts a powerful, uninterrupted spell."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A suffocating 151 minutes long, with a healthy portion of that running time devoted to a hunk of Holocausploitation of the most crass and cynical variety. And that's the good part."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Competently directed by Pakula and [features] gorgeous cinematography by Almendros."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Incorporates one woman's narrative of surviving the Holocaust into a larger, crushingly banal story of a young, Southern writer's coming of age in the big city of New York."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"By the end, the accumulated weight and lethargy of the production fails to invest Sophie's fate with the significance Styron achieves."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"And while Meryl Streep's performance is largely worthy of its laurels ... the film around it is much harder to forgive. Beyond Streep, Sophie's Choice is little more than a tediously assembled WWII drama of interminable length."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Quickflix
"Stunning to the max, and Streep is memorable as Sophie."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Heartbreakingly lovely performances."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Wildly depressing."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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