Based on 36 Critics
  • Nothing in Joe Wright's screen version of Ian McEwan's dense, internalized 2001 novel of secrets and lies should really work, but damn near everything does. It's some kind of miracle. Written, directed and acted to perfection, Atonement sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance. show more

  • A singular achievement -- romantic, sensuous, intelligent and finally shattering in its sweep and thematic complexity. show more

  • In the end, Atonement sorts truth from fiction as it delivers a shattering kick to the solar plexus. show more

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