The film version of I Don’t Know How She Does It is a virtually unrecognizable adaptation of the novel, with lackluster plotting, superficial characters, and a Pollyanna ending.
One Day is a pleasant and bittersweet diversion, but plays it safe, losing some of the book’s edginess as well as its humor.
The historical narrative in Sarah’s Key has some powerful moments, but the film’s contemporary story line lacks emotional resonance.
The Help is moving and funny but aims for a strictly feel-good vibe instead of striving for nuance or hinting at danger.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan adds a modern-day story line to the historical novel’s tale of a doomed friendship, but the film is slow-paced and emotionally flat.
In case the 2008 financial crisis wasn’t dramatic enough for you, HBO has turned Andrew Ross Sorkin’s monumental tome Too Big to Fail into a movie. Downside: in this version, your house still loses value. Upside: watching William Hurt and Billy Crudup try to save the day.
The story of an alcoholic whose life is unraveling, Everything Must Go offers no false hope for its flawed protagonist, but clearly wants the viewer to root for him.
Something Borrowed delivers a few laughs but sticks to all the standard romantic-comedy tropes.
The screen version of Sara Gruen's bestselling novel Water for Elephants changes details large and small, losing the book's most appealing features along the way.
This latest film adaptation of the classic Charlotte Bronte tale is faithful in most of its details but lacks the soul of the novel that has captivated so many readers.