The Bell Jar (1979) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Bell Jar (1979)




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This film is based on Sylvia Plath's autobiographical novel. Esther is the central figure, a pioneering businesswoman in the 1950s, with a successful career. As she begins to experience psychological difficulties, her troubles are compounded by the incredible insensitivity of the people around her.


Marilyn Hassett
as Esther Greenwood
Julie Harris
as Mrs. Greenwood
Anne Jackson
as Dr. Nolan
Scott McKay
as Mr. Gilling
Meg Mundy
as Bea Ramsey
Elizabeth Hubbard
as Vikki St. John
Karen Howard
as Toni LaBouchere
Margaret Hall
as Jane McLode
David Faulkner
as Professor Edwards
Nicholas Guest
as Young man
Shelley Rogers
as Student editor
Beth McDonald
as Student editor
Christine Estabrook
as Student editor
Ruth Van Poons
as Student Editor
Gil Rogers
as Dr. Richards
Allan Eisenman
as Cab driver
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Critic Reviews for The Bell Jar

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

The script, by Marjorie Kellogg, is full of overwrought extremes, even though Mr. Peerce directs virtually all of it with an inappropriate evenness.

April 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Even the crazy pressures now obvious to feminists are made to seem petty.

April 27, 2020 | Full Review…

The Bell Jar, based on the late poet Sylvia Plath's autobiographical novel, evokes neither understanding nor sympathy for the plight of its heroine

June 11, 2008 | Full Review…

This film left me feeling ambivalent.

April 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Read the book. Flee the movie.

July 19, 2019 | Full Review…

It begins as a downer and goes down from there.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

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Dramatically inert, confused film.

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