'The Crucible' Critic Reviews

86%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
71%
Rotten Tomatoes:   40 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    92
    Ryder, usually a soft, placid actress, unleashes a bold new anger here.
    Full Review » 18 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    100
    With a head on its shoulders and the rawest emotions in its craw, Arthur Miller's stage hit The Crucible has become a cinematic grabber for grown-ups -- without that castor oil taste.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    The first scene in "The Crucible'' strikes the first wrong note.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    100
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Neither the establishing dramatic linchpin nor the final conversion of conscience is terribly convincing, leaving this pared-down rendition of the original work diminished in power and meaning as well.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    This version illuminates the story's numerous strengths, resulting in a motion picture of surprising emotional and intellectual impact.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Susan Granger www.susangranger.com
    40
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Rob Gonsalves eFilmCritic.com
    40
    The movie version reveals the play as what it always was: a melodrama about a married guy who shouldn't have dallied with a vengeful girl.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Neil Cohen Echo Magazine
    80
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    75
    It couldn't be more timely or relevant.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Geoff Andrew Time Out
    Hytner holds the action together with solid, unflashy, well-paced direction, ensuring that this is no mere period piece but a compelling, pertinent account of human fear, frailty and cold ambition.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com
    100
    Perfectly captures the air of hysteria and paranoia.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    40
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Judith Egerton Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
    75
    Arthur Miller's story of hysteria, persecution and social injustice, is classy and powerful with some marvelous acting.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Matt Brunson Creative Loafing
    100
    Superb adaptation is as topical as ever, with its trenchant themes of hypocrisy, hate-mongering and political coups d'etat crawling all over each other like worms in a can.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall
    40
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Alex Sandell Juicy Cerebellum
    60
    Worth watching. Good message. Not such a good film.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Jim Shelby Palo Alto Weekly
    75
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • James O'Ehley Sci-Fi Movie Page
    60
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Margaret A. McGurk Cincinnati Enquirer
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality and Practice
    Compels us to recognize the shadow side of our lives, including the evil inside us.
    Full Review » 12 years ago