Vanya on 42nd Street
Vanya on 42nd Street (1995)

In the late 1980s, noted theatrical director Andre Gregory assembled a group of friends and actors and began rehearsing a new translation of Anton Chekhov's +Uncle Vanya by David Mamet, not with any specific performance in mind but as a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 24, 2002
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Beautiful performances and the subtle hand of master Louis Malle make this adaptation of Chekov's Uncle Vanya an eccentric presentation of an enduring classic.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

It's amazing it has taken Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, and director Louis Malle more than 10 years to collaborate again. It was worth the wait, though.

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Time Out

There's more power here than in all the multi-million dollar fireworks of Hollywood.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... a record of a creative collaboration that has a life of its own, at once documentary, filmed rehearsal, play within a play, and private production restaged for a camera...

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

The performances are precise, the language is alive and well spoken and the setting is striking, but Vanya on 42nd Street still suffers rather heavily from the limitations of filmed theater.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The elegant understatement of this production turns it into a livelier experiment, a fluent, gripping version of one of Chekhov's more elusive plays.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Reuniting with Andrew Gregory, Louis Malle, in what became his swan song, has made a modern, captivation version of the Chekhov play.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Malle adeptly eases us into the play so we can't tell at what precise moment Chekhov takes over, an ambiguity that becomes the film's triumph as well as its key limitation.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

This live-wire Vanya, freshly observed for the '90s, is fiercely funny, touching and vital.

Empire Magazine

The drawback, however, is that the actors chew the scenery in true stagecraft fashion, which, on film, induces regular wincing and a wish that they would hand out the valium and take it easy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Should be seen in a theatre for the full appreciation. This is the most original telling of Uncle Vanya that I have seen. What we are seeing is a gripping… More
Anthony Valletta
Once it gets going, you forget there's no costumes or set.
Alec Barniskis
It strips Chekhov to its bare bones and its that simplicity of the production as well as the upfront acknowledgement of the artifice of this performance and the… More
Anastasia Bartzoulianou
Amazing. Louis Malle makes a film about the love for the theater, and the love for the art, and the joy, the insight that it provides to life. All the cast is… More