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75

Metascore

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88
Boston Globe
It's filled with vivid characters and action. Beneath its modesty of gesture, it's one of the year's richest, most humane films.
88
New York Daily News
"I write 19th-century stories; they're supposed to affect you emotionally," says Irving, explaining why Tinseltown keeps knocking at his door.
88
Chicago Tribune
A deliberately old-fashioned picture that succeeds in nearly everything it tries to do.
88
Christian Science Monitor
Leaves out portions of John Irving's novel that would have given it more balance and perspective, but the acting by Maguire and Caine is first-rate by any standard.
88
Baltimore Sun
The Cider House Rules is about many things -- chance, passivity, free will and self-invention -- but ultimately it comes back to Larch, who emerges as a toweringly noble figure even in his weakest moments.
88
Charlotte Observer
To adapt it for a 130-minute movie, Irving ruthlessly cut away subplots, eliminated supporting characters and pared down the traits of the ones that remain.
83
Entertainment Weekly
Lasse Hallström calms Irving's typically busy 1985 best-seller with a balm of the Swedish director's typically soothing lyricism.
80
That Irving adapted his novel to the screen himself and, even more, that Hallström directed it, makes Cider House a far better film than other film adaptations of Irving's work.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
Has that Dickensian spirit wherein simple acts of kindness can bring an audience close to tears.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
He (Irving) has been able to capture the quirky tone of the popular novel.
75
San Francisco Examiner
What remains of the book's psychological underpinnings -- there are enough here to leave a permanent dent in the couch of any Freud-loving shrink
63
USA Today
This being Irving, the story straddles the sweet and the creepy.

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