The Cherry Orchard
The Cherry Orchard (2000)

Renowned Greek filmmaker Michael Cacoyannis wrote and directed this adaptation of the classic final drama by playwright Anton Chekhov, set in 1900. Lyubov Ranevskaya (Charlotte Rampling) left Russia to escape troubling memories of the death… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 18, 2000
DVD Release Date: February 25, 2003
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This adaptation of The Cherry Orchard is too tedious to hold interest.

Steven Leigh Morris
L.A. Weekly

In capturing the understated comedic agony of an ever-ruminating, genteel yet decadent aristocracy that can no longer pay its bills, the film could just as well be addressing the turn of the 20th century into the 21st.

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Jonathan Perry
Boston Globe

Cacoyannis is perhaps too effective in creating an atmosphere of dust-caked stagnation and labored gentility.

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David Jays
Sight and Sound

One of the film's most effective aspects is its Tchaikovsky soundtrack of neurasthenic regret.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

While Cacoyannis' film may not be totally faithful to the master's pen, for literature students and theater lovers, this Cherry Orchard is a rare treat.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Drags along in a dazed and enervated, drenched-in-the- past numbness.

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Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Chekhov has never looked or sounded better.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Ms. Rampling, still beautiful well into her 50s, has an earth-bound weariness and lively spirit that convey a life fully and tragically lived.

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Misha Berson
Seattle Times

Scrupulously acted (in English), visually perfected and skillfully complemented with Tchaikovsky piano music.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The new film of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard puts the 'ick' in 'classic.'

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Flixster Audience Score: 30% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Charlotte Rampling is a wonderful actress and Alan Bates was a great actor but this adaptation of Chekhov moves at a crawl and just isn't compelling.