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It is partly a failure, but mostly it succeeds, and the film's aspiration is so enormous that that's enough for a moving experience.
Winter's Tale, however imperfect, is that rare beast on the movie landscape: an unapologetic romance (for the first two-thirds, anyway), with attractive stars and special effects designed to give audiences something other than the experience of watching worlds get blown up.
Winter's Tale has no narrative drive and too little heart to come off.
It's no coincidence that Winter's Tale is being released on Valentine's Day, when our resistance to schmaltz is at its weakest. But do that special someone in your life a favor and splurge on some flowers and a nice heart-shaped Russell Stover box instead.
Earnest in its ambition but dopey in its execution, Winter's Tale never takes flight.
Lurching back and forth through time, Winter's Tale tries to blend the supernatural and the sentimental, with a synchronous nod to elements of New York history. But this would-be magical romance flounders, hitting only dissonant chords.
Unfortunately there's far too little magic in this clumsy attempt to marry fantasy and realism; the film doesn't have the grace or imagination to bridge the gaps between the two.
Goldsman takes Helprin's book - a work overflowing with events, ideas, characters, passions - and pounds away at it until all that's left is mush.
Despite the actors, who at least get some swell clothes to wear, Winter's Tale is a bit of a soul-crusher itself.
Though viewers may have trouble watching any of this with a straight face, the movie's goofy corniness becomes marginally endearing, in a hobbling-puppy sort of way.
Not every book should be made into a film and, as appears to be the case with Winter's Tale, not every book can be (especially this one).
The best miracles are those that creep up on you unexpectedly rather than endlessly announcing themselves, and the ones in Winter's Tale are fatally obvious and self-congratulatory.
Aspiring transcendent love stories don't come much more claptrappy and unconvincing than Winter's Tale.
Wall Street Journal
Mr. Goldsman, a first-time director though a veteran screenwriter, has been done in by the source material. Either he climbed aboard a horse that was too much for him, or the universe gave him a bum steer.
Movies get crazier and more incomprehensible every day, but you don't know demented until you see Winter's Tale.
Winter's Tale is a good old-fashioned train wreck of a film. This is one of those deals where all the ingredients are Grade A, but the final product is a dud.
The whole movie hinges on the allegedly miraculous romance between Beverly and Peter, but Goldsman's leads are distractingly mismatched and lack even a spark of chemistry.
For those who haven't read the Mark Helprin novel on which Akiva Goldsman's film is based, prepare to be confused, annoyed, bewildered, and yet more annoyed by the director's inability to construct even the most basic of narrative fantasy romances.
The entire movie feels belabored, lumbering from one awful, over-dressed set piece to another. It's wrongheaded, it's horrendous, it's filled with lines of dialogue that are utter howlers, and yet, it's the type of movie that feels so confident that it really is something. It is, in fact, not.
Winter's Tale is preposterous twaddle.

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