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Set in Cape Town, a twice-divorced literature professor retreats to his daughter's farm after having an impulsive affair with a student.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's an enormously complicated story with great potential for reductive schmaltz, but this is avoided thanks to Anna Maria Monticelli's sharp, sensitive screenplay and superb performances."
‑ Nina Caplan, Time Out
"Unfortunately, though Malkovich remains a compelling and cerebral screen presence, he comes off as too innately detached and prickly to elicit much empathy (not that his character is asking for it, mind you)."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Chicago Tribune
"Steve Jacobs' adaptation of J.M. Coetzee's Booker Prize-winning novel Disgrace fearlessly pares back the layers of post-Apartheid South Africa within the microcosm of a father/daughter relationship."
‑ Alice Tynan, Rotten Tomatoes
"Surprisingly successful adaptation."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"A worthwhile film which is concerned to do the right thing by a modern classic."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The movie eventually begins to wilt under the sober, plodding direction of Steve Jacobs, but the thoughtful screenplay gives Malkovich a complex, increasingly reflective character arc that he plays with great feeling."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Disgrace is an ugly movie, at times torturous to watch. It probably needs to be."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"If you know the novel, you're likely to feel that something has been lost here; if you don't, you still have the film's monotonous pacing to contend with. Still, Jacobs has directed an intelligent, intriguing drama."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"A perfectly cast John Malkovich gives a superb performance in a powerful and intelligent study of a man coming back from the brink."
‑ Jamie McLeish, Film4
"It's a faithful adaptation, but one that's been indifferently shot by director Steve Jacobs, whose blunt technique tends to flatten the book's morose charge. Still, the acting is often excellent."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Demanding but ultimately rewarding..."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"I awaited the closing scenes of Disgrace with a special urgency, because the story had gripped me deeply but left me with no idea how it would end. None -- and I really cared."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This chilly film gets surprisingly close to the tone of Coetzee's precise prose."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"It's hard to say what this solid but unadventurous film adds to Coetzee's powerful source material."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"This disquieting drama serves as a platform for Malkovich, whose eloquent performance draws you in with great compassion."
‑ Adam Woodward, Little White Lies
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