100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The movie is, start to finish, candy-colored angst.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
There's an incongruous but ravishing beauty in Far From Heaven, and in its three excellent central performances, that counteracts the seeming kitschiness of the story.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Easily the best American film so far this year, Far From Heaven is close to perfect.
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100

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This is a love letter from one auteur to another that doesn't feel like a term paper. Instead, Far From Heaven is an honest-to-God drama with resonance all its own.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid and Dennis Haysbert are called on to play characters whose instincts are wholly different from their own. By succeeding, they make their characters real, instead of stereotypes.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Bold and brilliant.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
May be the year's most derivative film, but it's also the most original.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
If it's ultimately a failure -- and I think it is -- it's still worth seeing, because it's the most ambitious and magnificent failure in recent memory. That, in a sense, qualifies it as a certain kind of "good movie."
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Glossy or not, the movie is unflinchingly tough-minded, down to its Hollywood-weepy ending, which, if you think about it, may be the year's gloomiest.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Yet dramatic energy is in short supply. The actors move about this elaborate movie museum in a modified dream state, as if living in the present while rooted in the past. But the strategy doesn't work. It's an imitation of lifelessness.
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84 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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