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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Great period piece of perseverance and resolution

Author: Mike S from United States
8 October 2006

If you like period pieces of redemption / revenge / resolution after long struggle through hardship and injustice (for example, Count of Monte Cristo, Shawshank Redemption, Red Violin) you will like Moll Flanders.

Robin Wright does a great job and is as beautiful as ever. Aisling Corcoran, who plays young Flora, is skilled beyond her years.

Morgan Freeman also does a pretty good job, although this role does not seem to draw on his talents as much as Moll brings out greatness from Robin.

I saw it on free-on-demand, but it's worth a rent for sure if you can't get it free in your area.

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Author: goatmilk from Ontario, Canada
16 June 1999

A sappy and predictable movie that paints its two main characters as just about the noblest people who ever lived (yawn). The only thing that saves it from being a total disaster is an amazing performance by Stockard Channing as an evil but extremely sexy madam who employs Moll.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

This was a visual appealing film with a particular sensitivity to the unique world view of an traditionally artistic personality.

Author: brook Wilson from NY, NY
14 June 2004

This film is underrated. It has more to offer than noted. It focuses on life in a society where the "haves" lead an entirely different existence/reality than those who "have not. Though apparently dated somewhat earlier it is reminiscent of a Dickensian message. Like Dickens it endeavors to point out that not everybody fits a mold, yet in a society where humanist values are lacking, the selflessness of a few are not enough . The complaint that it is rather slow is apparently based on the fact that time was invested into character development. In that way it is more like a European film than a fast paced American production. Its not an action film and should not be judged in comparison with that genre. It would have been impossible to tell the story without the time invested in plot development. It was a revealing and visually beautiful story -- some lovely imagery - vignettes that linger for just long enough to communicate the portrayal of a classical painting - a momentary shift from film to traditional visual art. The film was multifaceted.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Excellent movie

Author: fairysweet14
22 January 2004

This movie is an excellent movie, if you like movies taken place back in the day. Ive seen it about a million times and almost have it word for word, even though its a long movie its still one of my favorites. (and you would take me to your mistress, bloody hell)

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Tasteless sort of boredom.

Author: Mr-JAFO from Vélez-Málaga, Spain
4 November 2004

I watched this movie when it came to TV, trying to catch the interest that it may have. But actually I found a 20th century mentality wrong placed in the 18th century, too many stereotypes to consider this film really good, vulgarity used as a sample of good acting and moral used always to define hypocritical and obscure people. The fight against the moral of the time was a very used argument in the 1990s movies to destroy (or at least distort seriously) the History (watch also some other movies of that genre made in those times and you'll know what I mean). Definitely, don't expect a good movie from this version (especially if you have read the novel or seen the 1960s version): it's got no relationship at all.

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

A heartwarming experience

Author: Danica Love from West Point Military Academy, NY
31 January 2004

Moll Flanders is a unique movie. It shows you the essential qualities of life. You are brought through a storm or yearning, need, love and loss, feeling each bit of this movie as though you had lived it. The characters are not unique, but their stories are so heart wrenching and real that you feel their loss, their elation, with them. From the very beginning, you understand the loss of a parent. And throughtout the movie, you feel as though each pain brought upon the main character (Robin Wright) is your own pain. While not personally being a big fan of Mrs. Wright's, I found her performance to be exceptional in this story. Her sense of the loss of a parent she had never known, the strive to fit into the world, to adjust and make herself a world that would better her, and then finding the love that she so desperately needed, was conveyed clearly. I felt like I understood every thing she was going through. I could relate to something that would never happen to me. Each actor was outstanding in this film, seeming to have felt their respective parts and taken on their persona's. That is quite rare in today's movies. This movie can move you to great depths of happiness, weariness and sadness.

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Author: kenandraf from Honolulu, Hawaii
4 July 2002

Below average 18th century drama movie that has bad script/screenplay/directing/cinematography/editing. The cast was good but they were merely going thru the motions due to the bad directing.The lighting was also bad.The story was good though and it would have been a nice novel....oh was!Probably better to read the book if one wants to experience this tale of 18th century Euro/American woman life.Or see the BBC version.....Only for big period woman drama fans or big fans of the lead actors.......

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Excellent film!

Author: Cassie2019 from US
14 February 2002

This movie was missed by many, and that is a shame. The TV version is not the same as this one.

In this drama, the story is well told and the acting is superb by Robin Wright, Morgan Freeman and Stockard Channing.

If you want to rent a very good drama, rent or buy this version of Moll Flanders tonight!

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

An excellent production of a tediously told tale.

Author: George Parker from Orange County, CA USA
3 June 2001

"Moll Flanders" (1996) tells the tale of a young woman's struggle with life in 18th century England. This film received mixed reviews from both critics and consumers for obvious reasons. Everything about the film is good except the telling of the story. In spite of all the pluses, Moll Flanders trudges so stoically through her ordinary life as to not whet the edge of the viewers interest but rather make a wonderfully produced film a tedious and boring watch punctuated with poignant moments barely sufficient to keep the waning eyelid open.

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1 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Morgan Freeman in Period Drama

Author: jyoung-11 from London, England
30 October 2001

Having read the book, the film did no justice to an already boring book. The film and the book drags simultaneously with each other, and unfortunately, Freeman adds nothing to it. It may even be a miscasting on his part because it is not significant and adds nothing to his career.

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