The Cider House Rules Synopsis
Trained in medicine, an orphaned man (Tobey Maguire) seeks another path.
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New York Daily News

"I write 19th-century stories; they're supposed to affect you emotionally," says Irving, explaining why Tinseltown keeps knocking at his...
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88

Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
The Cider House Rules is about many things -- chance, passivity, free will and self-invention -- but ultimately it comes back to Larch, who...
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88

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
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...
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A deliberately old-fashioned picture that succeeds in nearly everything it tries to do.
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88

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
To adapt it for a 130-minute movie, Irving ruthlessly cut away subplots, eliminated supporting characters and pared down the traits of the...
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
It's filled with vivid characters and action. Beneath its modesty of gesture, it's one of the year's richest, most humane films.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Lasse Hallström calms Irving's typically busy 1985 best-seller with a balm of the Swedish director's typically soothing lyricism.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
Has that Dickensian spirit wherein simple acts of kindness can bring an audience close to tears.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
He (Irving) has been able to capture the quirky tone of the popular novel.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
This being Irving, the story straddles the sweet and the creepy.
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The Cider House Rules

By jwelch5742
It was excellent film. It got great screenplay and wonderful Performance for Michael Caine....

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By lugubriousthespian
Michael Caine greatly deserved the Oscar he copped in this very faithful adaptation of the John Irving novel of the same name. Here he plays a unorthodox doctor in rural Maine circa 1930s-40s who...

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Rated PG-13 | For Nudity, Mature Themes, Sexuality, Substance Abuse and Violence
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