Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights (2012)

Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights is an excitingly fresh and distinct take on the classic novel by Emily Brontė. An epic love story that spans childhood well into the young adult years, the film follows Heathcliff, a boy taken in by a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 5, 2012
DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Andrea Arnold's gritty, naturalistic re-imagining of the Emily Bronte classic stays true to the book's spirit while utilizing an unconventional approach to explore the romantic yearning at the heart of the story.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Arnold drastically pares back dialogue and exposition, telling the classic tale of passion and revenge with probing, harshly sensual camera work and a minimum of sentimentality.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Arnold ... has put her stamp on Emily Brontė's 19th-century novel Wuthering Heights, but it's a smudged and imperfect stamp, to be sure.

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Eliza C. Thompson
Bust Magazine

You could look at this as Arnold doing her job well -- after all, her source material isn't exactly a party -- but it's so bleak that it ends up being a little too hard to watch.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

In reality it's a bit of a slog.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Essentially a misunderstanding of (or an inability to convey) the breathing soul of this material.

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Michael Atkinson
In These Times

Arnold's coup turns the old story around, from a wicked love-lost tragedy into a crisis of a society suffering the guilt and ghosts of slavery.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Arnold has been successful in reimagining the story's archetypal emotions in the story, bringing it closer to its passionate elements.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Lyrical and minimalist - if you don't care for such qualities, you may just find it slow ...

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John P. McCarthy
America Magazine

Intense and imagistic, sensual and rather salacious, this is a wild, fascinatingly bleak adaptation that seizes on the book's more lurid motifs.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
'Wuthering Heights'. Breathtaking natural imagery, sound and raw direction in a most enjoyable tragedy. The juxtaposition of the microcosm of nature,… More
Daniel Parsons
A bold, passionate and vivid version of the much adapted Emily Bronte novel that dispenses much of the dialogue instead to concentration very much on the harsh… More
Walter M.
In "Wuthering Heights," Mr. Earnshaw(Paul Hilton) brings back an orphan boy(Solomon Glave) from his most recent trip who promptly gets spit in the eye… More
Hassan Vawda
The first half of this film is just wonderful. The two unknown actors who play a young Heathcliff and young Catherine are fantastic and Andrea Arnold brings out… More
Cameron Johnson
"And those wuthering heights, in those wuthering hills, she was looking so right in her diamonds and frills!" Randomly thrown together, but still… More
Henrik Schunk
For a film that is purely and only about sex and passion, this take on the story relies too much on conceptual imagery and symbolism too touch me. I found the… More