Disgrace (2008)

Set in Cape Town, a twice-divorced literature professor retreats to his daughter's farm after having an impulsive affair with a student.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 6, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring outstanding performances from John Malkovich and newcomer Jessica Haines, Disgrace is a disturbing, powerful drama.

Nina Caplan
Time Out

It's an enormously complicated story with great potential for reductive schmaltz, but this is avoided thanks to Anna Maria Monticelli's sharp, sensitive screenplay and superb performances.

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Gary Goldstein
Chicago Tribune

Unfortunately, though Malkovich remains a compelling and cerebral screen presence, he comes off as too innately detached and prickly to elicit much empathy (not that his character is asking for it, mind you).

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Alice Tynan
Rotten Tomatoes

Steve Jacobs' adaptation of J.M. Coetzee's Booker Prize-winning novel Disgrace fearlessly pares back the layers of post-Apartheid South Africa within the microcosm of a father/daughter relationship.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The movie eventually begins to wilt under the sober, plodding direction of Steve Jacobs, but the thoughtful screenplay gives Malkovich a complex, increasingly reflective character arc that he plays with great feeling.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Disgrace is an ugly movie, at times torturous to watch. It probably needs to be.

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Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

If you know the novel, you're likely to feel that something has been lost here; if you don't, you still have the film's monotonous pacing to contend with. Still, Jacobs has directed an intelligent, intriguing drama.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Demanding but ultimately rewarding...

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I awaited the closing scenes of Disgrace with a special urgency, because the story had gripped me deeply but left me with no idea how it would end. None -- and I really cared.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

This chilly film gets surprisingly close to the tone of Coetzee's precise prose.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
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What is so fantastic about this powerful, thought-provoking drama is not only the remarkably intelligent way that it raises many questions about good, evil,… More
paul sandberg
In the first third of the film Disgrace, it seems obvious to whom and what the title refers, but once Malkovich leaves his university position in Cape Town to… More
Jim Hunter
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Walter M.
In "Disgrace," David Lurie(John Malkovich) is an English professor at a university in Cape Town, a job he has become increasingly disillusioned with.… More
Jens S.
When an middle-aged University professor is asked to leave after an affair with a student he turns to his adult daughter, a South-African farmer. Of course he… More
Mike T.
There is ambition in this film, and I respect it for touching on serious issues. However, it is lacking in too many vital areas for me to say I enjoyed it. It… More