The Cider House Rules


Time Out says

With his taste for lengthy melodrama and his idiosyncratic sensibility, John Irving has proved a tricky source for movie-makers; Hallström's film is problematic, but probably the most successful attempt at capturing the tenor, if not the full scope of Irving's vision. Passive and discreet, Maguire is well cast as Homer Wells, the protégé of Dr Larch (Caine, with credible New England accent), who must break free of his mentor to reach full maturity. The first and last acts hold up well enough, with a standout supporting turn from Lindo, but the romantic middle section is less interesting, and Hallström's humanism is possibly a little low key and romantic given such tough themes as abortion and incest.

By: TCh


Release details

126 mins

Cast and crew

Lasse Hallström
John Irving
Tobey Maguire
Charlize Theron
Delroy Lindo
Paul Rudd
Michael Caine
Jane Alexander
Kathy Baker
Kieran Culkin
Kate Nelligan
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