Tess
Tess (1979)

In this film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Nastassja Kinski plays Tess, a poor British peasant girl sent to live with her wealthy relatives, the d'Urbervilles. Though Tess' father hopes that the… More

Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 28, 2004
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

Tess is a sensitive, intelligent screen treatment of a literary masterwork.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Without Mr. Polanski's name in the credits, this lush and scenic Tess could even be mistaken for the work of David Lean.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

This is Kinski's show and she flat out steals it.

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Time Out

Tess tells one rather more about its director's much publicised preoccupations than about Hardy's themes.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

een in the context of Roman Polanski's career it becomes something rich and strange, shaded into terror by the naturalistic absurdism that is the basis of Polanski's style.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

The film, like its source, is filled with pessimistic fatalism, but it spares no pity for the instruments of fate [...] What, if anything, this meant to Polanski remains unknowable.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is a wonderful film.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Roman Polanski is one of those men who, despite his icky treatment of women in real life, manages to create strong and compelling female characters for the screen.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Unexciting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Beautiful to look at, not just the scenery but the art direction as well but overlong and somewhat ponderous. Director Polanski's silent tribute to his… More
John Ballantine
A not quite traditional take on Thomas Hardy's book, Polanski nonetheless breathes some fresh air on the material and makes it very intriguing.
Carlos Magalh„es
A resonant and visually stunning period piece about a beautiful but unfortunate young woman born in an ungrateful time and divided between two men who are bound… More
Cameron Johnson
Everyone talks about that certain little incident with a 13-year-old Samantha Geimer back in '77, but really, all throughout the '70s, if only at that… More
Pierluigi Puccini
The mean and downward day by day of a gorgeous peasant girl. beautifully adapted to the screen by Roman Polanski. A film dedicated to his wife Sharon Tate.
Alec Barniskis
This could easily have become a repetitive series of depressing events (which it almost does), but Polanski finds interesting themes among the misery and visual… More