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1 h 54 min200315
Sylvia is based on the emotional true story of the passionate yet turbulent relationship between two of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. Sylvia Plath (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig) shared an unbreakable bond of love which is beautifully portrayed in this critically acclaimed and very moving film.
Christine Jeffs
Gwyneth PaltrowDaniel CraigMichael Gambon
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4.4 out of 5 stars

283 global ratings

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Just a girl who loves a boyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 October 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Disturbingly inaccurate
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Sylvia Plath is shown as disturbed but I feel the film significantly lets off Ted Hughes role in her suicide and battle with mental wellbeing. Even at UK A-level English Lit one is taught a significantly more balanced version of their relationship and the mental torture she endured due to his righteous philandering. Admittedly this was at a time when women were often not respectfully treated as equals within relationships and faithfulness within an artistic male is rarely recorded. However, this portrayal of Plath is somewhat demeaning imo.
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M. F. BhavanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 February 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
This film is factually inaccurate.
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To what extent is it necessary for a film based on the lives of real people to be accurate. Obviously dialogue and even scene settings will have to be invented, but in the makers of this film in their determination to convey the emotional frailty of Sylvia Plath went far beyond the facts. And in the portrayal of Ted Hughes there were significant inaccuracies. For instance, it was only after his marriage that he was told of Plath's suicide attempt. Does all this matter? Perhaps a film is just a film and should be viewed as such.
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AFReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 November 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Easy to watch but lacked depth
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Read the bell jar as a teenager and was always curious to watch this film, only took me 20 years.
I am not sure how historically accurate the film is in relation to Sylvia and Teds relationship. I didn't find Gwyneth's portrayal of Sylvia, all that compelling, it felt a bit Sylvia lite and the character lacked any real emotional depth. I didn't feel particularly moved by the film, the endings a bit sad (but we all know the ending.

I did overall enjoy the film and would recommend, easy to watch.
Trey BlakeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 February 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Moving portrayal , great film for writers and poets
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Whilst giving an overly simplistic presentation of the relationship between the poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes , this film does conjure something of how it feels to be a writer and deserved a better IMDB score than it received in my opinion . I think you would however need to already be interested in the subject to really enjoy it , or at least be interested in the theme of the artistic process . Ofcourse it is a sad film ( what she could have gone on to become had she lived ! )but the suicide was sensitively handled I thought .
Dr. M. G. FarringdonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 October 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
Poetry and pleasure
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You don't have to be familiar with SYLVIA PLATH'S poetry to enjoy this film, which is a sensitive reconstruction of Sylvia's
life and death in England. The opening shot of SYLVIA pedalling furiously towards her Cambridge College catches the mood of her intense, driven attitude to everything -- whatever she did was full tilt, no half measures. And she wanted a man to match: in Ted Hughes she found her soul-mate -- they met and married in a matter of months - four, if I remember correctly.

And who could play this man who would in the distant future become our POET LAUREATE? Daniel Craig, that's who -- he is all forceful conviction and with the presence to match her intensity. Gwyneth Paltrow plays Sylvia with energy, pathos, and conviction. They make a great pair, and together have made a fine film.
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Miss D K A ArmstrongReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 April 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
daniel craig is shit
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Daniel Craig ruined it. Gwyneth came off as a wet lettuce which I'm sure wasn't the intention., I had to turn it off. waste of money. read books instead.
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R. RoseReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 February 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Masterful Portrayal
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Both Paltrow and Craig turn in masterful performances as Plath and Hughes. Both of them have striking likenesses to the characters they portray in real life and produce a film that is accurate and insightful in relation to the actual real story.
Given the subject matter this is a dark and sad film but it couldn't be anything else if it was to be true to the real life story.
if you are studying Plath or Hughes at School or College, then watch this, as it brings the story to life.
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Mrs P TylerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 June 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Sylvia about Sylvia Plath
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It did not say in the advert it was produced for the Dutch market although the dialogue was alright there were no English subtitles and as I am hard of hearing it was difficult to follow as some of the actors did not speak clearly. I will be more careful in future and only by direct from Amazons own.
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