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Family Movie Review: Winter’s Tale (PG-13)

WintersTale ChesapeakeFamilyMovieReviewRating (out of 5): whole-popcorn-kernal

MPAA Rating: PG-13         Length: 118 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 13+. The film is half love story, half supernatural musings about life; there is some kissing and embracing, implied nudity, and one sex scene with no nudity but two people in bed together. There’s also some cursing; various violence between humans and demons who prey on New York City, including some brief monstrous transformations, some murders, and a painting made out of blood; and various characters dying of fatal illnesses.

‘Winter’s Tale’ is an impressive mess, a sloppy combination of sentimental posturing and overly melodramatic romance. Oh, and there’s also a bunch of inexplicable supernatural stuff and musings about the meaning of life—none of which come together into an enjoyable movie experience.

By Roxana Hadadi

Some books can’t be movies. They just can’t! And the 1983 novel “Winter’s Tale” by Mark Helprin is one of those—or at least, the movie directed and written by Akiva Goldsman isn’t a successful adaptation of it. The nearly 700-page novel is reduced here to a pat two-hour story, a distillation of the novel’s themes about love and life and interconnectivity into a soggy Hallmark card. This is a Valentine’s Day movie, certainly, and that is not a compliment.

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