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In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous mansion. On the warmest day of the year, the country estate takes on an unsettling hothouse atmosphere, stoking Briony's vivid imagination. Robbie Turner, the educated son of the family's housekeeper, carries a torch for Briony's headstrong older sister Cecilia. Cecilia, he hopes, has comparable feelings; all it will take is one spark for this relationship to combust. When it does, Briony--who has a crush on Robbie--is compelled to interfere, going so far as… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Joe Wright directs Atonement with an eye to framing each performance with spectacularly vivid images, including a genuinely breathtaking tracking shot on the bloody, wreckage-strewn beach at Dunkirk."
‑ Bob Mondello,
"One of the few adaptations that gives a novel the film it deserves."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Newsday
"Atonement's goal is so ephemeral that film may not be able to do it complete justice. All that said, it's still a fantastic piece of craftsmanship, benefiting from loving direction and excellent performances."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Frustratingly uneven, struggling to maintain momentum as it lurches through extended lulls and indulges in cliched genre affectations."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Director Joe Wright and screenwriter Christopher Hampton tap into the underlying passion and pathos from which all the absurdity, irony, and poetry follow."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Atonement is a film out of balance, nimble enough in its first half but oddly scattered and ungainly once it leaves the grounds of the Tallis estate."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"A film that instantly joins the ranks of the great screen romances."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"An epic, grandiose, and immensely sad film, Atonement is an extremely well crafted, visually rich love story set during a tumultuous time of war, where two impassioned characters are forever torn apart by the selfish jealousy of another."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"zaslu%u017Euje pohvale, ali ne onakve kakve bi trebao imati ozbiljni kandidat za "Oscara""
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"Ranks among the best films of the year."
‑ Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Atonement's extraordinary qualities outweigh any quibbles."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"The interpretation is so painstaking and moving that almost every moment delivers a shuddering jolt to the head and the heart."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Figurines in a teacup set, shipped over in boxes labeled 'For your consideration'"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Players outshine the script"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"It's a romantic epic, set in the past, featuring some beautiful imagery, high drama and terrific performances from its small, all British cast. It's also (which isn't always a given when it comes to Best Picture contenders) a great movie."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
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