The Human Stain
The Human Stain (2003)

Coleman Silk is a man who, throughout his life, has been a master of deception and self-reinvention. As a promising college student, Coleman's first love, Steena, is shattered by a secret. Years later, as an esteemed professor, his… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 21, 2003
DVD Release Date: July 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though the acting is fine, the leads are miscast, and the story is less powerful on screen than on the page.

David Edelstein

One of those films that makes you say, 'That was powerful. Now what the hell was it about?'

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Charles Taylor

The Human Stain takes a complex work of literary art and reduces it to tasteful melodrama.

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Neil Norman
London Evening Standard

An honourable enough failure, but a failure nonetheless.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

... solid but not great.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Works wonderfully as an actor's movie. The trouble is, that's the only way it works.

Sheila Johnston
London Evening Standard

It is a decent, intelligent film that yet somehow fails to excite.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

It is hard to buy what The Human Stain is peddling.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

The problem is that neither Kidman nor Hopkins seems to know what movie they are in.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

So finely tooled that it feels like it ought to be bound in Morocco leather and placed on a display case in a department store for a last minute Christmas gift.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Cassandra Maples
This movie is based around the life of a classics professor (Coleman), who is currently living in a small New England town. He has harboured a dark secret for… More
Ginny  X
I just watched this again. A story of secrets and how it becomes the human stain. I always wanted to buy the book but then one day I came across the vcd on a… More
Lewis C.
I'm becoming a huge fan of Nicole Kidman. She's obviously a stunning woman, but fortunately she's also an excellent actress. She disappears into… More
Lady D'arbanville
Quite a strange one to rate as the good bits were really good, but other parts were a little boring. I loved Nicole Kidman in this, she was unrecognisable… More
Drew Smith
Decently-written, well-acted movie killed by its lack of focus. It's a testament to Nicole Kidman and Anthony Hopkins' abilities that they manage to… More
jay nixon
drones on and on, kidman is awful