Sylvia (2003)

The life of poet and novelist Sylvia Plath -- one of the most celebrated literary figures of her generation -- is brought to the screen in this controversial screen adaptation. Born in Boston, MA, in 1932, Plath (played by Gwyneth Paltrow)… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 31, 2003
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
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Critic Score: 37% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This biopic about Sylvia Plath doesn't rise above the level of highbrow melodrama.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

A prestige picture that doesn't have a lot going for it beyond its serious intentions.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Falls short of its goal.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A Hollywood product that exploits sickness.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Paltrow does this role exceptionally well, but it is underwritten.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Fails to reflect the enormous complexity of the tumultuous relationship between Ted Hughes and Plath.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Plath might have been the stupid cow that Paltrow plays, the stubbornly ambitious, jealous demonbit genius discontent, immune to the ordinary joys of life.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Cinema and poetry aren't merely disparate art forms but largely incompatible ones.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

By choosing to make Hughes neither a monster nor sympathetic, the film likely will disappoint Plath acolytes while at the same time falling shy of being a revisionist interpretation of their relationship.

Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Gwyneth Paltrow is anything but engaging in this rarely interesting look at the life of author Sylvia Plath.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
A very tender and dark little biopic that skims the surface of the sensitive and prolific poet and author Sylvia Plath. The film itself was bleak, wounding… More
Veronique Kwak
"sylvia" is a mighty bio-piece of the legendary poetess sylvia plath who terminated her own life by sticking her head into an oven, but mainly about… More
Cynthia S.
This movie was very interesting. It was a bit dry at points, but was so intriguing that it kept my complete attention. The psychology of the two main characters… More
Michael Gildea
I saw it a few years ago and remember not really caring. The scenes before Plath eventually kills herself (sorry if I'm ruining anything for anyone here)… More
♥Robyn M♥
Sylvia stars, Gwyneth Paltrow as the American poet and Daniel Craig as her husband and fellow poet Ted Hughes. It begins with their meeting in Cambridge and… More
Deb S
The bio-pic of Sylvia Plath, an American acclaimed poet/author whose manic depressive state led to her successful suicide (not a spoiler) after several failed… More