Winter's Tale (2014)

Winter's Tale (2014)

Winter's Tale (2014)

Fantasy-romance spanning centuries, set in both 1916 and modern-day Manhattan. Colin Farrell is a burglar who falls for an heiress (Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay), who tragically dies in his arms. When he discovers the ability to reincarnate, he devotes himself to finding a way to reunite with his love.

Peter (Farrell) is a master thief who never expected to have his own heart stolen by the beautiful Beverly (Brown Findlay). But their love is star-crossed: she burns with a deadly form of consumption, and Peter has been marked for a violent death by his one-time mentor, the demonic Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe). Peter desperately tries to save his one true love, across time, against the forces of darkness. What Peter needs is a miracle, but only time will tell if he can find one. 

Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) makes his directorial debut adapting Mark Helprin's 1983 novel.

2014Rating: M, Violence and sex scenes118 minsUSA
DramaFantasyRomance

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Winter's Tale (2014) / Reviews

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

Winter’s Tale is a sweet, grown up fairy tale that begs to inspire wonder, but plummets back to earth just as it begins to grow wings. It stars Colin Farrell as Peter Lake, a petty thief in industrial-era New York who becomes an unwitting pawn in a celestial battle for souls. After robbing, then falling in love with, the doomed Beverly (Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown-Findlay), his demonic former employer Pearly Soames (a stocky Russell Crowe sporting an Irish brogue that borders on the satirical) tries to dispatch them both. With the help of a mysterious white horse, Peter survives to find that miraculously a hundred years have passed and he has become a bearded drifter with no memory of his past.

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Variety

Variety

A cloying, sledgehammer-subtle adaptation of Mark Helprin's vastly richer novel.

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Time Out

Time Out

Since this marks the directorial debut of Hollywood hack Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), there’s a heavy foot applied to the era-skipping leaps made by source novelist Mark Helprin.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Clumsy and inert, a lumbering white elephant rather than the flying white horse that is the novel's magical mascot.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

It’s a greeting card of film, full of platitudes and pleasant imagery, and destined to be thrown in a drawer and forgotten in short order.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

It's pretty, with wintry white locations and settings, but made with an unrelentingly heightened atmosphere, every scene a climax drizzled with a treacly score.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An ineffectual account of an eternal love.

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