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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Most movie characters are like Greek gods and comic book heroes: We learn their roles and powers at the beginning of the story, and they...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The Human Stain is heavy going. It's the flashes of dramatic lightning that make it a trip worth taking.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The sequences with the melancholy Faunia are monochromatic and those with Lester perfunctory. Benton too neatly -- and too hastily -- wraps...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

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The thriller aspects of the story and the overall solid level of acting -- including a sexy performance from a red-hot Nicole Kidman --...
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The Human Stain is, contradictorily, drained of color by the spotlight turned on its charismatic leads. Between the labors of simplifying...
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The mordant humor and far-reaching observations of the book don't come across in Robert Benton's "Masterpiece Theatre"-style direction.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Benton has laid bare a great author's creaky plotting only to deliver a melodrama with bookish pretensions.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Falls victim to a fatal lack of narrative drive, suspense and drama. Kidman and Hopkins are wrong for their roles, and that, combined with...
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The book presented several special, perhaps even insuperable, problems for adaptation to the screen, and the movie, which was directed by...
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's problematic enough that the movie's lead characters are unlikable. But worse is the blackening of The Human Stain with a trite and...
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Rated R | For language and sexuality/nudity
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