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This lavishly mounted adaptation of the play by William Nicholson tells the true story of the doomed love affair between novelist and noted Christian scholar C.S. Lewis and a Jewish-American poet. Anthony Hopkins stars as C.S. "Jack" Lewis, an Oxford professor and successful author of the Chronicles of Narnia series of children's fantasy novels. A confirmed bachelor, Jack's existence is an inward life of the mind. Somewhat detached from the world, his only social outlet is evenings out at a local pub discussing philosophy and religion with his fellow lecturers. Jack has been… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Biting down on his pipe, his shirt collar permanently askew, Hopkins assays another concerted study in English repression -- a condition unexpectedly relieved by Winger's brash intelligence and brittle wit."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Sit back, watch a master at work, and never once believe that you're not observing the real C.S. Lewis."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"This is the biggest tear-jerker you could ever see."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Anthony Hopkins gives one of his best performances (there are so many) in this film."
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Debra Winger is engaging and Anthony Hopkins is bloody marvelous."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"Superlative acting by Hopkins and Winger elevates this fictionalized late-in-life romance between the repressed British scholar and writer C.S. Lewis and the American Jewish housewife-poet who introduces him to sex and rejuvenates his life."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"It understands that not everyone falls into love through the avenue of physical desire; that for some, the lust may be for another's mind, for inner beauty."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Really Touching stuff. Performances get no better"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"A deeply personal and moving love story filled with many moments of beauty, joy and healing."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"There are so many things special about this movie it is hard to know where to begin..."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Here is Mr. Hopkins giving an amazingly versatile and moving performance, shifting the light in those knowing blue eyes to reveal endless shadings between delight and sorrow."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A high-class tear-jerker about the romance of repressed British writer C.S. Lewis with feisty American poet Joy Gresham."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Glossy and effective, but not as good as the Joss Ackland version."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A great weepy for people of all sexes"
‑ David Poland, Hot Button
"Richard Attenborough tackles yet another "true story" and this time comes away with something quite a bit more substantial than Robert Downey, Jr. in greasepaint."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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