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Winterset Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ November 26, 2018
Taken from a stage play by Maxwell Anderson (and ever so obviously taken from the stage) this is one of those liberal-leaning pieces that never ever takes it's heart off of its sleeve. After a minute your eyes will roll on their own accord, so over-the-top are the sentiments expressed. Nonetheless, a good work who's time has merely passed. Eduardo Ciannelli is excellent as the dark force propelling the action, and John Carradine's reformer is well done too. The sets are great, atmospheric. If only they had toned the hokey down some.
½ April 10, 2010
Any filmmakers looking to adapt a stageplay to the big screen ought to be required to watch "Winterset" first as an example of what NOT to do.

DO: Pace the film properly, cut all extraneous characters, and - most importantly - eradicate any parts where the protagonist or any minor characters begin spouting Shakespearean speeches to some unknown deity.

DON'T: Adapt "Winterset" for the big screen.
December 1, 2009
It's a fine film but does lack the intended dramatic effect that it needs. Burgess Meredith does overact a bit, but does a good job. Eduardo Cianelli gives great support. Great story.
½ January 8, 2009
sooooooo melodramatic...
Super Reviewer
July 7, 2008
nominated for best picture by NBR
November 29, 2007
Often overlooked stage film -- great dialogue and an excellent performance by Burgess Meredith.
April 17, 2005
IT'S GOOD, BUT DOESN'T HAVE THE INTENDED DRAMATIC EFFECT THAT IT INTENDED. BURGESS MEREDITH OVERACTS A BIT, WHICH MARS THE OVERALL EFFECT OF THE FILM. GOOD STORY THOUGH.
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