Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, “Winter’s Tale” is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. The film stars Colin Farrell (“Total Recall”), Jessica Brown Findlay (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), and Oscar® winners Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”), William Hurt (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”), Eva Marie Saint (“On the Waterfront”) and Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”). “Winter’s Tale” also introduces young newcomers Ripley Sobo and Mckayla Twiggs (both from Broadway’s “Once”). The film marks the directorial debut of Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”), who also wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Helprin.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Winter's Tale is preposterous twaddle. Use it as a date movie only if you don't love the one you're with.Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 02.13.2014
Not only is the story of magic, angels, demons and predetermined destiny preposterous, but the characters are also unconvincing and the dialogue sanctimonious.Claudia Puig, USA Today, 02.13.2014
It might all make more sense to fans of the book. But you shouldn't have to have read the book to be able to see and enjoy the movie.Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press, 02.13.2014
On a purely narrative level, Winter's Tale missteps early and often. Its earnestness is its downfall, resulting in opportunities for unintentional humor.James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 02.14.2014