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Atonement, 2007

Directed by: Joe Wright
Written by: Christopher Hampton
Language:  English, French
Country:  UK, France
Runtime:  123 min
MPAA Rating:  R
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The mood of Atonement is emotional, captivating, and gloomy. The plot centers around unfulfilled love, wartime life, and a false accusation. It is a drama and romance movie. Stylistically, Atonement is epic and is a melodrama. In approach, it is serious and realistic. The pacing is slow. Atonement is set in London. It happens in the 1930s. It is based on a book. Atonement is known for being critically acclaimed and an Oscar winner. It is especially suggested for a girls' night. Note that it includes nudity, sexual content, and profanity.

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Atonement (2007)


On a sultry summer day in 1935, an upper-class British family prepares for a dinner party at their country... more


Language: English, French
Country: UK, France
Release date: 11 January 2008
Runtime: 123 min
Awards: Academy Awards


Dario Marianelli for Best Original Score at the 2007 Academy Awards

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Keira Knightley Keira Knightley As Cecilia Tallis
James McAvoy James McAvoy As Robbie Turner
Romola Garai Romola Garai As Briony Tallis - Age 18
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Nothing comes easily in Atonement, especially its ending, which, both happy and tragic, is as wrenching as it is genuinely satisfying. How fitting, somehow, that a novel so devoted to the precision and passionate love of language be captured in a...
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No two-hour film could ever capture all the riches of McEwan's masterly novel. But Wright and Hampton's Atonement comes tantalizingly close, while adding sensual delights all its own.
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Brilliance. Technique. I was thoroughly captivated during every slow moving scene(allowing time to process) and moved from every subtle emotion. Hands down a hands together story.
09.July.2014 |  by: Sean JD
Sean JD rated this title
Brilliance. Technique. I was captivated through every slow moving chapter, and moved by every subtle emotion. Hands down, a hands together story-telling.
09.July.2014 |  by: Sean JD
Sean JD rated this title
Could have been better
For some reason this movie just didn't do it for me. I think it could have been better if it showed more of what happened to Robby right after he was arrested, like what happened to him in jail. That would have impressed on the viewers the full...
20.March.2012 |  by: OriginalContent
OriginalContent rated this title
When helplessly innocent and guilty at the same time
A story of false witness with either bad or not any more innocent intent which goes awry. The perpetrator struggling a full life of being unable to repair the damage she has brought and desperately attempting to atone for her lie by telling,...
26.December.2011 |  by: Roelof Bijnema
Roelof Bijnema rated this title
Very artistic, almost every shot in the movie looks like it came from a Renaissance painting. The story is gripping too, it's one of those movies you can stop thinking about long after you finished watching it...
16.January.2011 |  by: happyipodder
happyipodder rated this title
CONTAINS SPOILERS... Briony Tallis, 13 years old and an aspiring writer, sees her older sister Cecilia and Robbie Turner at the fountain in front of the family estate she misinterprets what is happening thus setting into motion a series of...
10.January.2011 |  by: Netflowers
Netflowers rated this title
As I ruminated on my reaction to this movie, I thought of "Dr. Zhivago" which is loved by many (including me, I will admit), but has also been criticized for its self-conscious artfulness by director David Lean (and, in the background,...
29.March.2010 |  by: Democritus
Democritus rated this title
Don't be fooled, this movie is a downer. Serious downer. But with that said, it was a well done film. My wife and I were completely wrapped up in the story and while we didn't necessarily "enjoy" it, we certainly were affected by it. When a film...
08.October.2009 |  by: Lewis
Lewis rated this title
If you don't like period pieces (like me) you'll be bored to tears through most of this film. Persevere to the ending and you'll get a treat, though.
03.August.2009 |  by: Chad
Chad rated this title
The cinematography was beautiful. It was as pretty as a picture on a wall. Rape and war never looked better - and there's the rub. What was horrifying in the book was good looking on screen, but without any depth or heart or soul. There was no room...
01.July.2009 |  by: Michael Cain
Michael Cain rated this title
When new movies come out, I strive to know as little about them as possible so that I can watch them with a blank slate. Sometimes this works and oftentimes not. With Atonement, all I knew was that it won an oscar or two, it looked like a sweeping...
19.April.2009 |  by: thetrouseredape
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This film can be summed up in one word: OVERHYPED. You are going to hear a bunch about how this film is nominated for seven Oscars; big deal, Transformers was nominated for three Oscars the same year. Most of these Oscars are technical Oscars which...
19.March.2009 |  by: Brad Cole
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