Reel Movie Reviews: Atonement

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Reel Movie Reviews: Atonement
Nominated for Best Picture in 2007, Atonement also received rave reviews for the performances of its stars, James McAvoy and Keira Knightley.

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

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- 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

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Atonement Quotes

I love you. I'll wait for you. Come back. Come back to me.

Cecilia Tallis

So, my sister and Robbie were never able to have the time together they both so longed for... and deserved. Which ever since I've... ever since I've always felt I prevented. But what sense of hope or satisfaction could a reader derive from an ending like that? So in the book, I wanted to give Robbie and Cecilia what they lost out on in life. I'd like to think this isn't weakness or... evasion... but a final act of kindness. I gave them their happiness.

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