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In 1820s St. Petersburg, artistocrat Eugene Onegin inherits a large estate in the countryside. There he meets his neighbor Lensky and Lensky's fiancee Olga. When Onegin first sees Olga's older sister, Tatyana, he is somewhat interested but coldly rejects her heart felt love letter. Lensky, misinterpreting the situation, thinks Onegin has designs on his fiancee and challenges his friend to a duel. Onegin ends up killing Lensky, and leaves the countryside for six years. When Onegin finally returns he encounters a newly mannered Tatyana, now in a marriage of convenience. Onegin falls in… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Onegin is as pretty a picture as anyone could want of a Russian lit-flick ..."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"There is a cool, mannered elegance to the picture that I like, but it's dead at its center."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Overall, Onegin is a bit of a sloppy and untidy affair, but that goes a long way in distinguishing it from the 7000 other movies of this type."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Those who might appreciate a solid personal story told with integrity by a director with a sufficient budget to dazzle us with a few scenes that might have come out of "Dr. Zhivago" could do worse than take in "Onegin.""
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Cold and distant."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The heart of Pushkin's celebrated classic pumps firm and full in debuting director Martha Fiennes' richly textured pic version."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"The film's only real flaw -- alas, a substantial one -- is that its pace is too deliberate and gets more deliberate as it goes along."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"With a character as enigmatic and detached as Onegin, you want at least an opinion or a point of view on his actions from the filmmakers, something other than splendor served up frame-by-frame."
‑ Bryan Poyser, Austin Chronicle
"Fiennes strolls through "Onegin," his sister Martha's hot-blooded, balmy first film, like a dandy on the prowl for some young woman to hurt."
‑ Wesley Morris, San Francisco Examiner
"A worthy and intelligent project that's hard to knock in a world ruled by Adam Sandler."
‑ Andrew Collins, Empire Magazine
"Even if grand pathos isn't achieved, Martha Fiennes makes a brave and welcome stab at it."
‑ , Time Out
"Unable to capture either its wit, psychological acuity, or formal rigor, the movie essentially reduces the schematic, seesaw narrative to doomy clichés."
‑ Dennis Lim, Village Voice
"Nearly perfect."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"The film fails in spite of Liv Tyler's remarkable performance."
‑ Bruce Feld, Film Journal International
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