Atonement Synopsis
Briony changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister’s (Keira Knightley) lover (James McAvoy) of a crime he did not commit. Based on the novel by Ian McEwan.
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By fernhopper61
This film was the best I have seen all year and I TRULY believe that it will win best picture at the Oscars. Perfectly executed, this film (after the book) touched my heart and has been worth the...

The Brilliance of Atonement

By dezk
This film is beyond brilliant, beyond amazing. It is simply PERFECT. The acting is sensational, directing beautiful, musical score touching. This film will leave you with the same emotion that one...

OOOOOHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

.Oh Goody..............I get to be the FIRST ONE to tell you the PLAIN TRUTH about this... TWO HOURS AND THREE MINUTES of a plot that did not hold my attention. When Vanessa Redgrave appeared I.....I...

I want my 2hrs back.

By stewfoshie
The movie has to be the single most painful movie I have ever been subjected to. Even my better half who spuured me into watching thought it was horrible....

An Absolutely Refreshing Experience!!

By jaytrip75
I can honestly say that I came away from Atonement feeling an emotion I have never felt before. It was the feeling of pleasantly accepting an apology while still feeling the bitterness of the...

Visually Exquisite, But Not a Romance

By kayleighms
Based on the Ian McEwan bestseller of the same name, "Atonement" should not be mistaken as a romance. It is about the writer, not the lovers (from whom we are doubly removed). Yet "Atonement" is an...

Don't Do It!!!

By f4m
Minutes before movie, at dinner: Waiter: "Hey, I just thought I'd let you know that those 3 girls over there just came out of Atonement and said it was TERRIBLE." Brad: "We'll take our...

An Impeccable Love Story

By CynthiaC
An impeccable, dramatic adaptation of Ian McEwan`s bestseller. I read the novel before seeing it, and was impressed. Keira Knightley (Cecilia) is one of the greatest british actors of her time. And...

Very good. Nothing to atone for

By Johnsbury
Atonement is a well written, finely acted and superbly directed film. It held my interest throughout. Great job by director Joe Wright, who, like a painter, paints lovely scenes with the camera. It...

Well acted and ohhhhh sooooooo tragic.

By karensaucedo
I read the book first. The book was absolutely faithful to the book. Such a tragedy.....See it for the acting.....but don't rent it on a dark rainy day. You'll want sunshine and green grass and a...

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Rated R | For disturbing war images, language and some sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Stellar literary adaptation too mature for kids.
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