"The ever-versatile Winterbottom's loose and limber adaptation doesn't entirely mesh with Hardy's more formal narrative."
"Shows Winterbottom to be one of the few directors today who are liberated, rather than constricted, by classic literature."
"Feels faintly unsatisfying, leaving a sense of opportunities missed and details not quite thought through."
"A complex take on Hardy's novel. Winterbottom's film is problematic, yet fascinating, and actually fits rather well into its contemporary setting."
"Compelling but flawed – perhaps fatally so, because all the emotion-crushing fierceness of the novel has been almost entirely lost en route to Rajasthan."
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