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"I write 19th-century stories; they're supposed to affect you emotionally," says Irving, explaining why Tinseltown keeps knocking at his door. Read full review
The Cider House Rules is about many things -- chance, passivity, free will and self-invention -- but ultimately it comes back to Larch, who emerges as a toweringly noble figure even in his weakest moments. Read full review
Leaves out portions of John Irving's novel that would have given it more balance and perspective, but the acting by Maguire and Caine is first-rate by any standard. Read full review
A deliberately old-fashioned picture that succeeds in nearly everything it tries to do. Read full review
To adapt it for a 130-minute movie, Irving ruthlessly cut away subplots, eliminated supporting characters and pared down the traits of the ones that remain. Read full review
It's filled with vivid characters and action. Beneath its modesty of gesture, it's one of the year's richest, most humane films. Read full review
Lasse Hallström calms Irving's typically busy 1985 best-seller with a balm of the Swedish director's typically soothing lyricism. Read full review
Has that Dickensian spirit wherein simple acts of kindness can bring an audience close to tears. Read full review
He (Irving) has been able to capture the quirky tone of the popular novel. Read full review
This being Irving, the story straddles the sweet and the creepy. Read full review
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