• Released
  • October 17, 2003
  • R
  • Documentary
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Sylvia Synopsis
Writers Sylvia Plath (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig) get married.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Paltrow does this role exceptionally well, but it is underwritten.
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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...
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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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San Francisco Chronicle

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