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Another member of the Fiennes family leaves a mark in the film business, as Martha Fiennes makes her big-screen directorial debut with a screen adaptation of the verse novel by Aleksander Pushkin, with her big brother Ralph Fiennes in the leading role. Onegin (Fiennes) is a blase man who has grown weary of the social whirl of his life in St. Petersburg in the 1820s. Onegin's wealthy uncle has recently passed on, bequeathing him a large estate in the country, where the financially embarrassed Onegin has now chosen to live. Onegin makes fast friends with his neighbor Lensky (Toby Stephens),… 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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