The Cider House Rules
The Cider House Rules (1999)

John Irving scripted this screen adaptation of his 1985 novel. Set during World War II, The Cider House Rules concerns Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire), an orphan who spent most of his childhood at the St. Cloud Orphanage in rural Maine, where… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 10, 1999
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Cider House Rules has wonderful performances, lovely visuals, and an old-fashioned feel.

David Rooney

Hallstrom's film could have used more dramatic muscle but is nonetheless a touching, old-fashioned charmer that ultimately satisfies.

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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle

[It] is a fable that turns into a 1940s New England variation on Charles Dickens. It is also one dickens of an American movie.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Thought-provoking movie for teens and up.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Mr. Irving remains a disturbingly facile spinner of yarns in which the most sordid facts of life are glossed over into comfortably didactic homilies about the innate goodness of people. Yet, I was somehow moved...

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Roger Ebert
At the Movies

It's not a story so much as a reverie about possible stories.

Rob Gonsalves

Irving's clean, economical dialogue and Hallstrom's beautifully morose direction cut the fat off of the cliches.

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Time Out

Hallström's humanism is possibly a little low key and romantic given such tough themes as abortion and incest.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A deliberately old-fashioned picture that succeeds in nearly everything it tries to do.

Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

A bouillabaisse of all the best soap opera elements - orphans, abortion, debilitating injuries and, of course, death.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Beautifully done movie...
Jameson Worley
Great film! There's not really much to say about this movie other than the fact that it is extremely solid! Everything about it is good and it's hard… More
Red Lats
Cider House is worth watching more than once. About orphans, ether overdoses, first love, abortions and duty.
Jim Careter
A amazing tale. Micheal Caine steals the show, as we have seen from his Oscar win. The plot was amazing, but had some slow parts. The movie itself, is not… More
Kevin M. Williams
Engaging story of the complicated relationshop between a father and a son and the orphanage they run. While the very word "orphanage" conjures… More
Randy Tippy
I enjoyed this John Irving adaptation more than I expected to. It's a flawed film but one with substance and heart. Irving is famous for populating his… More

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