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Based on 9 Reviews
critic reviews (9)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Sophie's Choice is a fine, absorbing, wonderfully acted, heartbreaking movie. show more

  • 75
    TV Guide

    Competently directed by Pakula and featuring gorgeous cinematography by Almendros, Sophie's Choice is an overlong, fairly schlocky film that takes itself very seriously. show more

  • 75
    Boston Globe

    Alan Pakula's literal adaptation of William Styron's Sophie's Choice is an admirable, if reverential, movie that crams this triangle into a 2 1/2 -hour character study enriched by Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, and nearly destroyed by Peter MacNicol. [21 Jan 1983] show more

  • 75
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The film is a respectable, claustrophobic and slick piece of work, and cinematographer Nestor Almendros' color strategies - Rembrandt-like light at night, lemony tones during the day, desaturated sepia at Auschwitz - are arty to a fault. [14 Dec 1982] show more

  • 70
    Keith Phipps The Dissolve

    Alan J. Pakula’s 1982 adaptation of William Styron’s 1979 novel Sophie’s Choice is one of those films whose great qualities put its lesser elements in sharp relief. show more

  • 90
    Janet Maslin The New York Times

    Thanks in large part to Miss Streep's bravura performance, it's a film that casts a powerful, uninterrupted spell. show more

  • 60

    Sophie's Choice is a handsome, doggedly faithful and astoundingly tedious adaptation of William Styron's best-seller. show more

  • 20
    Dave Kehr Chicago Reader

    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. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The overall result is a serious though harrowing journey into the dark corners of this century, marked by a compassionate approach and even a fillip of optimism at the end. show more

  • October 15, 2011 tomatobob
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    hauntingly power performances and themes! I recommend this movie very hightly. It is a heavy theme but well worth the view! A+++ movie! So beautifully acted by the 3 main players.

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