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With: Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig, Jared Harris, Blythe Danner, Amira Casar, Michael Gambon, David Birkin
Written by: John Brownlow
Directed by: Christine Jeffs
MPAA Rating: R for sexuality/nudity and language
Running Time: 110
Date: 10/17/2003
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Sylvia (2003)

1 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Plath of Snory

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Ostensibly telling the story of famous author Sylvia Plath (The Bell Jar), the new biopic Sylvia actually spends more time on her poet husband Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig). Christine Jeffs' timid direction and screenwriter John Brownlow's flimsy script set up each scene so that it only telegraphs the next; no single scene ever comes to life on its own terms. Moreover, the picture has no sense of time or time passage; we never know how many days, weeks or years have flown by between scenes. Gwyneth Paltrow does her best with this thinly sketched portrait of the artist, but she fails to accomplish in 120 minutes what Nicole Kidman did with a third of that as Virginia Woolf in The Hours. Sylvia is so excruciatingly boring you may want to take some sleeping pills of your own.

DVD Details: Focus Features' new DVD comes with only a trailer.