American writer Sylvia Plath (Gwyneth Paltrow) and English poet Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig) fall in love but have a rocky marriage.
" An often painful, surprisingly illuminating and emotionally complex portrait of a woman who is ultimately as mysterious as her art. "
" For those who have read the poets and are curious about their lives, Sylvia provides illustrations for the biographies we carry in our minds. "
" The film does what poets so seldom do themselves -- pursue the middle road and leave the path of excess to the less level-headed. "
" The results are mixed, but noble. "
" [Lacks] psychological depth and emotional resonance. "
" A biopic with little insight and fewer explanations. "
" A coy, cautious film about a frank, fearless writer. "
" A prestige picture that doesn't have a lot going for it beyond its serious intentions. "
" Adds precisely nothing of breaking-news value to the Plath-Hughes annals. "
" By choosing to make Hughes neither a monster nor sympathetic, the film likely will disappoint Plath acolytes while at the same time falling shy of being a revisionist interpretation of their relationship. "
" Cinema and poetry aren't merely disparate art forms but largely incompatible ones. "
" Fails to reflect the enormous complexity of the tumultuous relationship between Ted Hughes and Plath. "
" Falls short of its goal. "
" For all the actors' ability, Sylvia never develops a pulse. "
" It's Bleak Chic. "
" Likely to be equally displeasing to Plath enthusiasts as it will be to neophytes, Sylvia suffers from a strange timidity: It only gets close to its subject by rendering her as a kind of melodramatic archetype. "
" Paltrow does this role exceptionally well, but it is underwritten. "
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