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At Theaters: 10/31/2003
On Video: 7/20/2004
Length: 1 hr. 46 min.
Internet: Web Site
Movie ID: 419971
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The story of Coleman Silk, a distinguished professor at a prestigious New England college whose professional life is shattered by allegations of racism and whose personal life is infected with the cancer of a lie he has been living for fifty years. His career and reputation in ruin, Silk begins a dynamic resurrection through two new relationships.
Drama - This is a serious drama whose greatest appeal will be to older
moviegoers. Adult subject matter and sexual content make the film
inappropriate for children.
Anthony Hopkins RED DRAGON, BAD COMPANY, HEARTS IN ATLANTIS Nicole Kidman THE HOURS, BIRTHDAY GIRL, THE OTHERS, MOULIN ROUGE Ed Harris RADIO, THE HOURS, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, POLLOCK Gary Sinise IMPOSTOR, MISSION TO MARS, REINDEER GAMES Wri/Dir: Robert Benton TWILIGHT
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, 6 S-words, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sexual situations with nudity. VIOLENCE: Some rough boxing matches. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use. ACTION: None. COMEDY: A comic dance scene.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Above Average "Undemanding viewers will probably find enough intriguing material here to make it worth a look, but I was too disappointed by the wasted potential to be enthusiastic. When the film works, it does so admirably, but the screenplay and structure are too uneven to sustain any sort of momentum. The fault may lie in the complexity of the source material, but a movie should not be greenlighted until the script is perfected. What has reached the screen represents a disappointing early entry into the 2003 Oscar race.''
Roger Ebert Full
Very Good " The Human Stain has been directed by Robert Benton with a sure feel for the human values involved. Yes, we have to suspend disbelief over the casting, but that's easier since we can believe the stories of these people. Not many movies probe into matters of identity or adaptation. Most movie characters are like Greek gods and comic book heroes: We learn their roles and powers at the beginning of the story, and they never change. Here are complex, troubled, flawed people, brave enough to breathe deeply and take one more risk with their lives.''
USA TODAY Full
Below Average "How does one even begin to list the imperfections of
The Human Stain? One can start with the sluggish direction, the misguided casting, the tedious screenplay and the self-important story. It's problematic enough that the movie's lead characters are unlikable. But worse is the blackening of The Human Stain with a trite and forced plot, uninteresting digressions and clunky direction.''
TV Guide Online Full
Below Average "While director Robert Benton refrains from milking the big, CRYING GAME-sized twist at the center of this weak abbreviation of Philip Roth's expansive 2000 novel, keeping the story's secret makes discussing the film's real subject — and the movie's shortcomings — difficult. ...there's so much less to the film than the novel: Nicholas Meyer's screenplay fails to capture the intricate subtleties of its subject and replaces Roth's moral scope with a moralizing tone.''
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The story of Coleman Silk (Anthony Hopkins), a distinguished professor at a
prestigious New England college whose professional life is shattered by
allegations of racism and whose personal life is infected with the cancer of a
lie he has been living for fifty years.
His career and reputation in ruin, Silk begins a dynamic resurrection through
two new relationships: one, a friendship with the writer Nathan Zuckerman (Gary
Sinise) whom he intrigues with his story, the other a scandalous affair with a
young woman (Nicole Kidman).
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