Atonement
Atonement (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 18, 2008
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Atonement features strong performances, brilliant cinematography, and a unique score. Featuring deft performances from James MacAvoy and Keira Knightley, it's a successful adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel.

Bob Mondello
NPR.org

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.

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Kenneth Turan
Newsday

One of the few adaptations that gives a novel the film it deserves.

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

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.

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Christopher Orr
The New Republic

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A film that instantly joins the ranks of the great screen romances.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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.

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David Fear
Time Out New York

Atonement's extraordinary qualities outweigh any quibbles.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

The interpretation is so painstaking and moving that almost every moment delivers a shuddering jolt to the head and the heart.

Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Figurines in a teacup set, shipped over in boxes labeled 'For your consideration'

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
vieras esine
Made me feel horribly sad, and a bit nauseous.
Raymond Wieser
Joe Wright has constructed a moving, portrait of love through war. Keira Knightley, James MacAvoy and Saoirse Ronan give towering performances not to be… More
Kase Vollebregt
Joe Wright's 'Atonement' has a lot of positive things going for it, but none more brilliant and substantial than the film's cinematography… More
Veronique Kwak
browsing the flixster reviews on my list, and i find most people who enjoy this movie just generally tag it as a WAR-EPIC-ROMANCE, a sort of hemingway-esque… More
Daniel Perry
A faithful, well-acted, dramatic and sexy rendition of Ian McEwan's novel, which was itself an anachronism, a sort of throwback to the age of D.H. Lawrence… More
Jameson Worley
Perfect! I absolutely loved it...

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