Plenty (1985)

In this provocative drama, the discontent of a bored British housewife only increases when she begins reminiscing about how she played a key role in the French Resistance during WW II. Now that the war has ended, she feels useless and that… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 1, 1985
DVD Release Date: June 22, 1999
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

Be a little patient: What builds beneath this quiet exterior, shot through with dark wit, is a haunting examination of the price that romantic idealism can exact.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

There is, possibly, a decent film in Mr. Hare's play, but not as it's been written by him and ornamentally directed by Mr. Schepisi.

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Sue Heal
Radio Times

Everything is spelt out laboriously with a glum and squeakily pretentious air.

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Matt Wolf

Plenty emerges as an absorbing and fastidiously made adaptation of David Hare's acclaimed play, but also comes off as cold and ultimately unaffecting.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The ultimate blame for the film's lack of body must lie with Streep, who never succeeds in melding the components of this showy part into an accessible characterization.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

The role of Susan is custom-made for Streep and she turns in yet another tour de force. ...Susan is genuinely a puzzlement... You may not like her, but you will not forget her.

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Chris Peachment
Time Out

Whether or not you buy the message, it's a work that qualifies as epic, and reveals Hare as a great Romantic.

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TV Guide

Employing yet another flawless accent, Streep delivers an excellent, restrained but edgy performance, well supported by Dance, Sting, and Ullman, who plays her best friend.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Offers a highly involving anatomy of disappointment in the life of an idealistic, proud, and strong-willed woman.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Scattershot not terribly compelling drama has good acting from the principles but lacks focus. Meryl's character is hard to like and with the distance of… More
Daniel Mumby
Plenty belongs in the category of ?miniature epics?, films which attempt the grand scale and sweep of Gone with the Wind, but on a fraction of the budget and… More