Restoration (1996)

This lavish historical drama based on the acclaimed novel by Rose Tremain won Oscars for Costume Design and Art Direction. Robert Downey, Jr. stars as Robert Merivel, a gifted medical student of the 17th century who ignores his studies in… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 2, 1996
DVD Release Date: August 3, 1999
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Engaging if uneven.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

The movie takes on a somber, fitful atmosphere of straining epic proportions. But it strays into an episodic bog that leaves it gasping for dramatic life.

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Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Gorgeous, witty romp that

Janet Maslin
New York Times

Since the robust 17th-century picaresque tale is not enjoying any current vogue, the success of "Restoration" can be considered a very pleasant surprise.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Lively, lavish and grandly acted pageant.

Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

An interesting evocation of a decadent era marked by opulence, excess and abject poverty. But works equally well as a study of personal redemption amidst the turmoil.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The film is overcome by the rumbling workings of a creaky plot as the story grows more serious.

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James Berardinelli

Solid entertainment, especially in a season when Hollywood's releases are repeatedly causing grimaces.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Ryan's hilariously out of place, but this is otherwise an entertaining yarn.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
An interesting movie about the choices one makes in their lives. Robert Downey is a 17th century physician who first makes a number of self-indulgent choices… More
Jeffrey Meyers
Restoration is the sort of period piece that succeeds almost entirely in its world building. Set during the mid 1600s, after the English Civil War, the film… More
Kevin M. Williams
Lavish production and a veritable glitterati of talent cannot hide a meandering script about a young doctor in old London who's seduced by the power, money… More
Kyle S
This is one of the most underrated films of all time. I just discovered it about two weeks ago. From the director of this year's "The Last… More
jay nixon
Interesting idea shakily executed, Downey is good as usual as is Polly Walker but Meg Ryan is awful, she should never in anything but films set in modern times.
Jessica van der Sloot
Quite the period piece. To be honest, I found the gaudiness and splendour of the first hour both amusing and disgusting - an odd combination, but nonetheless… More