Atonement (Film) Review


Released: 7th September 2007
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Romola Garai, Saoirse Ronan, Vanessa Redgrave
Rating: R
Running Time: 123

Atonement features strong performances, brilliant cinematography, and a unique score. Featuring deft performances from James MacAvoy and Keira Knightley, it's a successful adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel.

Ray Bennett (Hollywood Reporter) said:
"It ranks with the best novel adaptations of recent times."
Kenneth Turan (Los Angeles Times) said:
"These performers not only have the looks for a sweeping love story, they also have the skill to throw themselves into the proceedings like they really mean it."
Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times) said:
"This is one of the year's best films, a certain best picture nominee."
Stephanie Zacharek ( said:
"Wright has made a film that honors the imaginative responsibility of an adapter."
Claudia Puig (USA Today) said:
"The arc and resolution don't feel nearly as absorbing and devastating as McEwan's masterful novel."
A.O. Scott (New York Times) said:
"Atonement is an almost classical example of how pointless, how diminishing, the transmutation of literature into film can be."
Ella Taylor (Village Voice) said:
"Where McEwan whispers, Wright shouts."
Anthony Lane (New Yorker) said:
"I hardly believed a word of it."
Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) said:
"It's some kind of miracle. Written, directed and acted to perfection, Atonement sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance."
Wendy Ide (Times [UK]) said:
"Starry, sexy and unmistakably British, Atonement is the kind of film that comes along all too rarely."


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