Atonement (2007)

In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous mansion. On the warmest day of the year, the country estate takes on an unsettling hothouse atmosphere, stoking… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 7, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Atonement features strong performances, brilliant cinematography, and a unique score. Featuring deft performances from James MacAvoy and Keira Knightley, it's a successful adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel.

Bob Mondello

Joe Wright directs Atonement with an eye to framing each performance with spectacularly vivid images, including a genuinely breathtaking tracking shot on the bloody, wreckage-strewn beach at Dunkirk.

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David Fear
Time Out

Atonement's extraordinary qualities outweigh any quibbles.

Annie Wagner
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Impeccable design, perfect casting, sound that takes the clack of a typewriter and embeds it into all sorts of furious onscreen rhythms... I was swooning even before the love story kicked in.

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Christopher Orr
The New Republic

Atonement is a film out of balance, nimble enough in its first half but oddly scattered and ungainly once it leaves the grounds of the Tallis estate.

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Kenneth Turan

One of the few adaptations that gives a novel the film it deserves.

Joshua Starnes

Atonement's goal is so ephemeral that film may not be able to do it complete justice. All that said, it's still a fantastic piece of craftsmanship, benefiting from loving direction and excellent performances.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Sweeping, showy, and stiff, Joe Wright's adaptation of Ian McEwan's pedigreed bestseller traffics in florid staging and callow emotions.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A film that instantly joins the ranks of the great screen romances.

Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

An epic, grandiose, and immensely sad film, Atonement is an extremely well crafted, visually rich love story set during a tumultuous time of war, where two impassioned characters are forever torn apart by the selfish jealousy of another.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Based on the Ian McEwan novel of the same name, this adaptation follows the lie of a little girl, and its repercussions throughout time. Briony Tallis (Ronan)… More
Daniel Perry
A faithful, well-acted, dramatic and sexy rendition of Ian McEwan's novel, which was itself an anachronism, a sort of throwback to the age of D.H. Lawrence… More
vieras esine
Made me feel horribly sad, and a bit nauseous.
Raymond Wieser
Joe Wright has constructed a moving, portrait of love through war. Keira Knightley, James MacAvoy and Saoirse Ronan give towering performances not to be… More
Kase Vollebregt
Joe Wright's 'Atonement' has a lot of positive things going for it, but none more brilliant and substantial than the film's cinematography… More
Veronique Kwak
browsing the flixster reviews on my list, and i find most people who enjoy this movie just generally tag it as a WAR-EPIC-ROMANCE, a sort of hemingway-esque… More