Far From Heaven
Far From Heaven (2003)

It is the fall of 1957. The Whitakers, the very picture of a suburban family, make their home in Hartford, Connecticut. Their daily existences are characterized by carefully observed family etiquette, social events, and an overall desire to… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 1, 2003
DVD Release Date: April 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An exquisitely designed and performed melodrama, Far From Heaven earns its viewers' tears with sincerity and intelligence.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

The actors move about this elaborate movie museum in a modified dream state, as if living in the present while rooted in the past. But the strategy doesn't work. It's an imitation of lifelessness.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Quaid makes a decent man's anguish richly palpable. Moore makes us feel hidden frenzy with a cool and ultimately heartbreaking grace.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid are outstanding as Cathy and Frank Whitaker, a perfect couple with a decidedly imperfect love life.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

We are left wondering why, in any case, an imitation Sirk was needed, what appetite or interest it might fill. Even with its latter-day (modified) frankness, Far From Heaven is only thin glamour that lacks a tacit wry base.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Haynes doesn't simply take a Norman Rockwell setting and release the hounds, either. He deals with these issues directly, but gently, as if his and Sirk's audiences were the same.

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Steffen Silvis
Willamette Week

Far From Heaven should create a wider audience for Haynes, long considered one of America's leading independent directors.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

With tact and care, the movie digs into all the subjects that lay concealed below the surface when Max Ophuls and Douglas Sirk were filming their own melodramas in the nineteen-fifties.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

Todd Haynes has crafted a feature-length homage to Sirk that succeeds both on its own terms and as the Sirk film that could never have been made in his own lifetime.

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation

Could Haynes go on making films if the health police were ever to let up? He apparently needs to define himself in opposition to their controlling mindset.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
Todd Haynes has often been an experimental director throughout his career. He tackled the Glam Rock era with the dazzling, if mid-judged, Velvet Goldmine and… More
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21/08/2010 (TELEVISION) I had nothing better to do and happened to catch this on TV. Good thing I did, I really got soaked into it and began to be concerned… More
Letitia Lew
I can't help but think that Mad Men took some of its inspiration from this piece. Interracial romances and homosexuality were so much more salacious when… More
Jim Hunter
Fifties era social prejudices are exposed when a husband reveals his homosexuality while his wife falls for their African American gardener. Juxtaposing… More
Chris Weber
Todd Haynes is known for his subversion of styles and formats with his work, and with this film, he takes aim at the look and feel of classic 1950s Hollywood… More
Jeremy Smith
Far From Heaven is a beautiful and fascinating story of Julian Morre as a 50s 'perfect world' suburban housewife watching her marriage fall apart and… More

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