Possession (2002)

Roland Michell is an upstart American scholar in London on a fellowship to study the great Randolph Henry Ash. Ash is best known for the rapturous poems he dedicated to his wife, and is currently the subject of a major exhibition. Maud… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 16, 2002
DVD Release Date: February 11, 2003
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's perhaps a bit tame and uninspiring, considering its subject matter, but Possession manages enough romance and period intrigue to satisfy most fans of its source material.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

For a movie that purports to be about the passions of love and language, Possession is remarkably prim.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Just about everything in this dry bit of business seems limp, building toward a poorly staged scene in a graveyard, which could be just where this slumbering bit of folly will land.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Glossy romance with pretty people.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

While the film probably won't leave you swooning, it is at least an earnest love letter to its transcendent source.

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Eric Brace
Washington Post

What's supposed to be a deep examination of the transcendence of love and art and poetry turns into another shallow film about how repressed the British are.

Rob Gonsalves

A film like this rides on the quality of the acting, and the Brits -- Northam and Ehle -- invest their forbidden love with centuries of fine repressed English tradition.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

This is Neil LaBute trying to do Jane Austen, from tone to subject matter to casting. And he's just no good at it.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Possession, how do I hate thee? Let me count the ways.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

We are led to smile nostalgically about this extramarital affair, not to contemplate the cost of unfaithfulness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
paul sandberg
I'm still trying to figure out what the heck the title has to do with anything that went on with this film; but that being said, the co-mingled stories are… More
jay nixon
I know this is based on a book with the same setup but if they had focused on the Victorian story and ditched the present day one this would have been a far… More
Jim Hunter
I'm unsure if you have to be a complete nerd in order to enjoy this film. I mean: did I like it because the prospect of uncovering a literary mystery… More
Film Crazy
Its an ok love story, and i really liked the storyline especially the endigalthough i didnt quite understand why the roance betweeen Ehle and Northam ended?… More
Cynthia S.
This was a wonderful movie. I really love movies based around history, and this was full of it. Plus romance and mystery. It had it all for me. Loved it!
Constanza Boutter
Magnificent, interesting plot and clever cinematic tricks shifting back and forth between time periods, some of the overall highlights involve the clever means… More