• Released
  • October 17, 2003
  • R
  • Documentary
    Drama
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
This is the richest role Paltrow has had since ''Shakespeare in Love,'' and she rises to the challenge. She digs deep into Plath's mercurial nature, giving us a Sylvia who's fiercely independent and alive yet burdened with demons of insecurity that bubble up in a rage.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
At heart, Sylvia is constructed as a psychological suspense film framed around the ambiguities of Hughes's infidelity and Plath's resulting paranoia. So at its strangest, the movie is a potboiler.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
For those who have read the poets and are curious about their lives, Sylvia provides illustrations for the biographies we carry in our minds.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Paltrow does this role exceptionally well, but it is underwritten.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Despite an exceptional performance by Paltrow, whose Plath is a layer cake of infinite intelligence and bottomless need, Jeffs' film is an icy affair lacking the fever of Plath's and Hughes' poems.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Doesn't shed much light on the fragile and enigmatic writer whose myth has nearly obscured the real woman.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's a coy, cautious film about a frank, fearless writer.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Paltrow looks glam even in death, which only supports the notion, raised by Plath’s daughter Frieda Hughes, that the movie would be about a "Sylvia Suicide Doll." Good call.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The movie doesn't shed much light on their famously contentious marriage. Instead, it spreads gloom all around.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
This feature glimpse into the Bell Jar is an exercise in drudgery, with nothing particularly insightful or revealing to say about the charter member of the Suicidal Poets Society and the artistic endeavor in which she would make her indelible mark.
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56 out of 100
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