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Winter's Tale

Drama . Fantasy . Mystery . Romance

A burglar falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her.

Actors: Michael Crane , Lucy Griffiths , Eva Marie Saint , Kevin Durand , Matt Bomer , Graham Greene , Will Smith , Jennifer Connelly , William Hurt , Russell Crowe , Jessica Brown Findlay , Colin Farrell
Directors: Akiva Goldsman
Country: USA
Release: 2014-02-14
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  • No_One

    Mark Helprin's 1983 bestseller a "Winter’s Tale" is the feature directorial debut of a fantastical love story that spans a century. Either you love The film in the first several minutes, or not at all. This magical story is full of pleasant imagery for everyone as it goes all out on a quest for "The grandest of romantic gestures", but the process that Farrell goes through trying to figure out his divine purpose is a bit absurd and clumsy at times. It became truly endearing for me clumsiness and all. 3.8/5

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  • Mick LaSalle

    It is partly a failure, but mostly it succeeds, and the film's aspiration is so enormous that that's enough for a moving experience.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Because it is fearlessly sincere and not totally successful, Winter's Tale is easy to mock. But it is also hard not to admire its willingness to go all out in its quest for the grandest of romantic gestures.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Winter's Tale, however imperfect, is that rare beast on the movie landscape: an unapologetic romance (for the first two-thirds, anyway), with attractive stars and special effects designed to give audiences something other than the experience of watching worlds get blown up.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    If only there was less mush and more meat in this stew.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    On a purely narrative level, Winter's Tale missteps early and often. Its earnestness is its downfall, resulting in opportunities for unintentional humor.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    That’s the problem with Winter’s Tale, which tries to cram too many conflicting stories into one space and ends up defying us to believe any. Call it magic unrealism, a well-intentioned but clunky genre.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Lurching back and forth through time, Winter's Tale tries to blend the supernatural and the sentimental, with a synchronous nod to elements of New York history. But this would-be magical romance flounders, hitting only dissonant chords.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    Winter’s Tale is ambitious with its otherworldly ingredients and temporal leaps. It’s not always a success, but the movie has one thing going for it: spot-on casting.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Goldsman takes Helprin’s book — a work overflowing with events, ideas, characters, passions — and pounds away at it until all that’s left is mush.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Despite the actors, who at least get some swell clothes to wear, Winter's Tale is a bit of a soul-crusher itself.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Unfortunately there’s far too little magic in this clumsy attempt to marry fantasy and realism; the film doesn’t have the grace or imagination to bridge the gaps between the two.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    It's no coincidence that Winter's Tale is being released on Valentine's Day, when our resistance to schmaltz is at its weakest. But do that special someone in your life a favor and splurge on some flowers and a nice heart-shaped Russell Stover box instead.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Earnest in its ambition but dopey in its execution, Winter’s Tale never takes flight.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Winter’s Tale has no narrative drive and too little heart to come off.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    The process of Farrell figuring out his divine purpose finally gets so convoluted and schmaltzy, it feels less like "destiny" and more like "cruel cosmic joke."

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Though viewers may have trouble watching any of this with a straight face, the movie’s goofy corniness becomes marginally endearing, in a hobbling-puppy sort of way.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ian Freer

    Corny and shakily plotted, it's a disappointing directorial debut from Goldsman.

    Empire Full Review
  • Genevieve Koski

    It’s a greeting card of film, full of platitudes and pleasant imagery, and destined to be thrown in a drawer and forgotten in short order.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Sheila O'Malley

    Winter's Tale probably won't please anyone: neither fans of the book nor those who have never read it. It lacks visual splendor (except for one or two scenes). It lacks emotional depth. It lacks scope and magic. Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    Not every book should be made into a film and, as appears to be the case with Winter’s Tale, not every book can be (especially this one). Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Goldsman, a first-time director though a veteran screenwriter, has been done in by the source material. Either he climbed aboard a horse that was too much for him, or the universe gave him a bum steer.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Aspiring transcendent love stories don't come much more claptrappy and unconvincing than Winter's Tale.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    The best miracles are those that creep up on you unexpectedly rather than endlessly announcing themselves, and the ones in Winter’s Tale are fatally obvious and self-congratulatory.

    Variety Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    It is sincerely, painstakingly and astonishingly awful.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Winter’s Tale is a good old-fashioned train wreck of a film. This is one of those deals where all the ingredients are Grade A, but the final product is a dud.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Basically a much schmaltzier fantasy version of “Love Story.’’

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Movies get crazier and more incomprehensible every day, but you don’t know demented until you see Winter’s Tale.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    The whole thing is so roaringly absurd, and delivered with such hands-clasped sincerity, that the only rational response is to laugh the house down.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    A thin line separates the magical from the preposterous, and by insisting so strenuously on its own magic, Winter’s Tale pitches helplessly into earnest ridiculousness.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Since this marks the directorial debut of Hollywood hack Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), there’s a heavy foot applied to the era-skipping leaps made by source novelist Mark Helprin.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    The whole movie hinges on the allegedly miraculous romance between Beverly and Peter, but Goldsman’s leads are distractingly mismatched and lack even a spark of chemistry.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    Fantasy is heavily dependent on vision, which Mark Helprin had in spades, but the look of Akiva Goldsman's fantasy is limp, timid, and occasionally outright awkward.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    For those who haven’t read the Mark Helprin novel on which Akiva Goldsman’s film is based, prepare to be confused, annoyed, bewildered, and yet more annoyed by the director’s inability to construct even the most basic of narrative fantasy romances.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Winter's Tale is preposterous twaddle.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    The entire movie feels belabored, lumbering from one awful, over-dressed set piece to another. It's wrongheaded, it's horrendous, it's filled with lines of dialogue that are utter howlers, and yet, it's the type of movie that feels so confident that it really is something. It is, in fact, not.

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