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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    Has that Dickensian spirit wherein simple acts of kindness can bring an audience close to tears. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    This being Irving, the story straddles the sweet and the creepy. show more

  • 75
    Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer

    He (Irving) has been able to capture the quirky tone of the popular novel. show more

  • 88
    New York Daily News

    "I write 19th-century stories; they're supposed to affect you emotionally," says Irving, explaining why Tinseltown keeps knocking at his door. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A deliberately old-fashioned picture that succeeds in nearly everything it tries to do. show more

  • 88
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Leaves out portions of John Irving's novel that would have given it more balance and perspective, but the acting by Maguire and Caine is first-rate by any standard. show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    It's filled with vivid characters and action. Beneath its modesty of gesture, it's one of the year's richest, most humane films. show more

  • 88
    Ann Hornaday Baltimore Sun

    The Cider House Rules is about many things -- chance, passivity, free will and self-invention -- but ultimately it comes back to Larch, who emerges as a toweringly noble figure even in his weakest moments. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    To adapt it for a 130-minute movie, Irving ruthlessly cut away subplots, eliminated supporting characters and pared down the traits of the ones that remain. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    What remains of the book's psychological underpinnings -- there are enough here to leave a permanent dent in the couch of any Freud-loving shrink show more

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