A respected professor (Anthony Hopkins) tries to conceal a long-term secret after inadvertently causing a racial controversy.
" One of those films that makes you say, 'That was powerful. Now what the hell was it about?' "
" It is hard to buy what The Human Stain is peddling. "
" But audiences truly fascinated with the issues it touches upon -- class and sex, race and identity -- would be better off to search out the source material that delves into them deeply. "
" Works wonderfully as an actor's movie. The trouble is, that's the only way it works. "
" The acting here is terrific, which is no surprise, as Benton is a great director of actors. And this is a true ensemble, with no one person outshining anyone else. "
" It's a respectable effort that doesn't quite gel, but not for lack of trying. "
" The problem is that neither Kidman nor Hopkins seems to know what movie they are in. "
" There are moments ... that find both truth and lyricism, touching on what it means to be alive, and on what we owe to the ghosts of the past. "
" ... solid but not great. "
" Nicole Kidman as a milkmaid leading a hardscrabble existence? If you say so. "
" When Kidman's on screen, the film catches fire. Otherwise, it remains unignited. "
" The stain of seriousness spreads over everything in this movie, eventually blocking out everything but the effort. "
" It neatly illustrates the perils of kidnapping a decent novel from its rightful home and exposing the vulnerable thing to the glare of a Hollywood camera. "
" Falls victim to a fatal lack of narrative drive, suspense and drama. "
" The Human Stain takes a complex work of literary art and reduces it to tasteful melodrama. "
" A compelling, sexy and often moving film. "
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