Sophie's Choice
Sophie's Choice (1982)

In this film, set in 1947, aspiring author Stingo heads to New York. There he strikes up a friendship with research chemist Nathan Landau and Polish refugee Sophie Zawistowska. There is something unsettling about the relationship; Nathan… More

Directed By:
Rated: R
Running Time:
Release Date: December 8, 1982
DVD Release Date: August 17, 1999
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Astoundingly tedious.

Full review…
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

So perfectly cast and well-imagined that it just takes over and happens to you. It's quite an experience.

Full review…
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

The way Streep inhabits Sophie, and brings her history to life whether she's explicitly talking about the past or carrying herself across the room with wounded grace, can't help but make parts of the rest of the film seem smaller by comparison.

Full review…
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The picture is completely devoid of cinematic interest, adopting instead a tiresome theatrical aesthetic in which showy monologues are filmed in interminable, usually ill-chosen long takes.

Full review…
Janet Maslin
New York Times

Though it's far from a flawless movie, Sophie's Choice is a unified and deeply affecting one. Thanks in large part to Miss Streep's bravura performance, it's a film that casts a powerful, uninterrupted spell.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A suffocating 151 minutes long, with a healthy portion of that running time devoted to a hunk of Holocausploitation of the most crass and cynical variety. And that's the good part.

Full review…
Derek Adams
Time Out

By the end, the accumulated weight and lethargy of the production fails to invest Sophie's fate with the significance Styron achieves.

Full review…
Glenn Dunks

And while Meryl Streep's performance is largely worthy of its laurels ... the film around it is much harder to forgive. Beyond Streep, Sophie's Choice is little more than a tediously assembled WWII drama of interminable length.

Full review…
Steve Crum

Stunning to the max, and Streep is memorable as Sophie.

More reviews for Sophie's Choice

Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Though this film is ultimately just an exercise in melodrama, the character of Sophie Zawistowska is very complex and interesting to watch, and by no means… More
Jon Lantz
Sophie's Choice takes you on quite a memorable rollercoaster ride of emotion. It's a film that has great characters and great actors to back them up.… More
Kevin M. Williams
In Brooklyn in the years following WWll and a young Southern writer falls for a refugee of Auschwitz who is herself embroiled with a charismatic American Jew,… More
Jim Hunter
What high drama! Sure: the eponymous "choice" is intense, but what makes this film so finely balanced is the subplots with Nathan and Stingo. There… More
Chris Weber
Hmm, let's see here: this hasn't aged well, but it's still a decent film filled with excellent performances. Hoenstly, that's really the… More
Lady D'arbanville
An enjoyable film throughout, whether it be the relationships between the main characters, the flashbacks or the actual theme of the film. Streep is… More

More Like This