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Based on 16 Reviews
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  • 25
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Alan Bates and Charlotte Rampling are the brave stars of this pretty but sterile adaptation of the Anton Chekhov stage classic. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The film medium allows us to witness a most ravishing cherry orchard. But the grand cast is given to emoting as if they were playing to the peasants in the cheap seats. show more

  • 75
    Marta Barber Miami Herald

    While Cacoyannis' film may not be totally faithful to the master's pen, for literature students and theater lovers, this Cherry Orchard is a rare treat. show more

  • 63
    John Petrakis Chicago Tribune

    Any Chekhov is better than no Chekhov, but it would be a shame if this was your introduction to one of the greatest plays of the last 100 years. show more

  • 63
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    There are affecting scenes, and not all of Cacoyannis' additions to the Chekhov text detract from the effect of its moving brilliance. show more

  • 63
    Boston Globe

    As Ranevskaya, the film's focal point and one of its only sources of vitality, Rampling is an enigmatic treasure. show more

  • 50
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    As thrilling as they can be on stage, Chekhov's plays have never been the stuff of great movies -- there's simply nothing cinematic about them. show more

  • 91
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    It's naturalistic, briskly paced and never overreverential. It's not a bit stagy, yet it manages to be dazzling theater. show more

  • 90
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    An exquisite performance by Charlotte Rampling, whose work as Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya, the matriarch of the great estate the cherry orchard sits on, is the film's dazzling centerpiece. show more

  • 80
    L.A. Weekly

    Cacoyannis lays on the atmosphere a bit thick with multiple repetitions of a lyrical Tchaikovsky motif underscoring unrequited love, one that is nonetheless beautifully rendered by pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy. show more

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