What, exactly, did critics have to say about the film, which is being released on DVD on March 18, 2008? Let's take a look...
- Epic and occasionally heartbreaking but never as powerful or cohesive as it ought to be. -- Las Vegas Weekly
- The film is gorgeous to look at, well paced (especially during the first half), and by turns touching and sad. The ending packs an emotional punch, which is what one would expect from any movie developed from a McEwan novel. -- Reel Views
- No sophomore slump for British punk wunderkind director Joe Wright...If anything, Atonement is even better, the tragedy of the story intensifying the romance, the novel's unique structure providing an uncommon literary twist. -- Reeling Reviews
- The movie never goes as deep as the novel (no movie could), but it's a worthy approximation: a Merchant-Ivory movie that turns in on itself with a lucid and painful sigh. -- Boston Globe