The Human Stain
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Coleman Silk is a man who, throughout his life, has been a master of deception and self-reinvention. As a promising college student, Coleman's first love, Steena, is shattered by a secret. Years later, as an esteemed professor, his career is ruined by false accusations. Now as he embarks on a scandalous affair with the mysterious Faunia, Coleman experiences an erotic reawakening that carries him back to the past. But with his resurrected passion also comes the threat of danger from Faunia's ex-husband, and Coleman is faced with the imperative to expose his true identity before it is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of those films that makes you say, 'That was powerful. Now what the hell was it about?'"
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"The Human Stain takes a complex work of literary art and reduces it to tasteful melodrama."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"So finely tooled that it feels like it ought to be bound in Morocco leather and placed on a display case in a department store for a last minute Christmas gift."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Both Nicole Kidman and Anthony Hopkins are vastly miscast in Robert Benton's poor adaptation of Philip Roth's poignant novel, one of the few works about contempo academic battlefields."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The film's frame groans in its attempt to contain such a complex story, and its actors ask us to accept implausible things... but it's ultimately rewarding."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"... solid but not great."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Works wonderfully as an actor's movie. The trouble is, that's the only way it works."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Flawed adaptation of Roth's novel isn't for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The acting is phenomenal (especially Harris), and the film will be a nice challenge for those in search of one."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"A tricky adaptation of an unlikely novel that nevertheless goes almost as wrong as possible...prey to the most amateur varieties of structural and tonal errors."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"It is hard to buy what The Human Stain is peddling."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"The problem is that neither Kidman nor Hopkins seems to know what movie they are in."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Casting a stain."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"One of the most underrated pictures of 2003."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"...a potboiler disguised as a work of art."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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