Shadowlands (1993)

This lavishly mounted adaptation of the play by William Nicholson tells the true story of the doomed love affair between novelist and noted Christian scholar C.S. Lewis and a Jewish-American poet. Anthony Hopkins stars as C.S.… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 25, 1993
DVD Release Date: April 13, 1999
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thanks to brilliant performances from Debra Winger and especially Anthony Hopkins, Shadowlands is a deeply moving portrait of British scholar C.S. Lewis's romance with American poet Joy Gresham.

Derek Adams
Time Out

Biting down on his pipe, his shirt collar permanently askew, Hopkins assays another concerted study in English repression -- a condition unexpectedly relieved by Winger's brash intelligence and brittle wit.

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James Berardinelli

Sit back, watch a master at work, and never once believe that you're not observing the real C.S. Lewis.

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Sheila Johnston
Independent (UK)

It's not hard to see what drew Richard Attenborough to the story. It is a character-driven piece with two potent leading roles, and he is a former actor known for teasing outstanding performances from his cast.

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Emanuel Levy

Superlative acting by Hopkins and Winger elevates this fictionalized late-in-life romance between the repressed British scholar and writer C.S. Lewis and the American Jewish housewife-poet who introduces him to sex and rejuvenates his life.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It understands that not everyone falls into love through the avenue of physical desire; that for some, the lust may be for another's mind, for inner beauty.

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Cole Smithey

This is the biggest tear-jerker you could ever see.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

Here is Mr. Hopkins giving an amazingly versatile and moving performance, shifting the light in those knowing blue eyes to reveal endless shadings between delight and sorrow.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A high-class tear-jerker about the romance of repressed British writer C.S. Lewis with feisty American poet Joy Gresham.

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Clint Morris

Really Touching stuff. Performances get no better

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
If Alfred Hitchcock is the archetypal auteur, and Robert Altman is the ultimate actors' director, then Richard Attenborough is the consummate luvvie.… More
John Ballantine
Hopkins gives us a wonderful portrait of a believer who is forced to confront his faith when a partner becomes terminally ill.
Tom Ericksen
Another beautiful true story of a famous personage -- the neat thing that the son actually helped on this movie!
Theta Sigma
To tie in with the release of The Chronicles Of Narnia:The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, I thought that I'd write a review of this film which charts the… More
Candy Rose
Romantic moving about CS Lewis and his American divorcee. CS Lewis was from my hometown.
Marcus Woolcott
Hopkins, Winger, and Attenborough was always going to be a winning combination. Chuck in a true story and it couldn't fail.