• Roger Joseph Ebert

    ★★★★★ Added by Roger Joseph Ebert

    Returning to "The Color Purple" after almost 20 years, I can see its flaws more easily than when I named it the best film of 1985, but I can also understand why it moved me so deeply, and why the greatness of some films depends not on their perfection or logic, but on their heart. The movie may have inconsistencies, confusions and improbabilities, but there is one perfect thing at its center, and that is the character of Celie, as…

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  • Hannah M

    ★★★ Watched by Hannah M 18 Apr, 2014

    As is typical for me of Spielberg's more serious films, this has a few very powerful moments sandwiched in between a lot of *very* melodramatic ones. Whoopi and Oprah are both excellent, primarily thanks to the more subdued nature of their performances, which balances out the over-the-top drama of the people around them. When they weren't not at the center of the action, though, I felt like the melodrama overwhelmed the film and made it difficult for me to connect…

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  • Carlos Deleon

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Carlos Deleon 19 Nov, 2007

    There is a misconception concerning crying. People think that you cry because you are sad. In reality many of us cry because we are overwhelmed. Sad depressing things don't necessarily make us cry, they make us depressed. We sit there listlessly, deprived of joy. The Color Purple gets us down there, and then lifts us up towards the moments when we cry. There are so many moments when the film lifts out of the sad and thrusts so much joy…

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  • russman

    ★★★½ Watched by russman 26 Mar, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • Thom D.J.

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Thom D.J. 17 Mar, 2014

    A rewatch of this made me sure of one thing; this is, in my opinion, one of Spielberg's finest dramas. His visual style is just right for this kind of story, and he has truly created a moving and powerful film out of the Pulitzer price winning material written by Alice Walker.
    Spielberg has a brilliant way of creating a fine balance between the serious matters and the more light hearted ones, making this a film that really hits you right in the heart. It's real, it's beleivable, and it's damn good!

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  • Mareike Böttcher

    ★★★★½ Watched by Mareike Böttcher 16 Mar, 2014

    "See, daddy, even sinners have soul."

    WOW.

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  • CobraVerde

    ½ Watched by CobraVerde 07 Mar, 2014

    The fact someone like the late Ebert considered this a masterpiece is a good example of Man's Fallacy. Spectacular cinematography and production design, marred by caricatural acting in a predictable script. The tone is all wrong and Spielberg is only 'on it' in less than three scenes...

    It also gives new meaning to the word 'sentimental'.
    Hollywoodianism close to its worst.

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  • André Dick

    ★★★★★ Watched by André Dick 10 Mar, 2014

    Um dos melhores filmes de Spielberg no gênero dramático, mostrando seu talento em dirigir um elenco não conhecido (até então). Desta vez, ele escolheu um romance de Alice Walker, que mostra a trajetória de uma mulher negra, Celie (o primeiro papel no cinema de Whoopi Goldberg), que é obrigada a servir um homem violento (o talentoso Danny Glover). A sua vida se restringe a ele, sendo proibida de conversar com a irmã, sua melhor amiga, e sendo maltratada diariamente. Até…

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  • ButacaMartinez

    ★★★½ Watched by ButacaMartinez 07 Mar, 2014

    melodrama de negros

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  • Onur Yaşar

    ★★★★ Watched by Onur Yaşar 28 Feb, 2014

    Watching this movie felt like I've read a long, beautiful, heartwarming novel. Too melodramatic and too much of a tearjerker at some points, but it's a drama after all. Definitely worth to watch.

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  • Andrew Falk

    ★★★★ Watched by Andrew Falk 06 Feb, 2014

    It was refreshing to see an old-fashioned, satisfying, epic family drama entirely about African-American characters, where race is kept on the sidelines. It's sad that such a choice seems so bold, as if Black people don't deserve their own stories unless they're about race.

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  • Luis F. Mayorgas

    ★★★★★ Added by Luis F. Mayorgas

    "-Eres negra. Eres pobre. Eres fea. Eres mujer. No eres nada".

    Uno de mis melodramas favoritos. Si Spielberg sólo hubiera hecho esta película y Whoopi Goldberg sólo hubiera tenido este papel, ambos tendrían un lugar en mi corazoncito cinéfilo.

    Y es que, aunque Goldberg luego cultivaría casi exclusivamente la comedia, en esta película demuestra estar más que dotada para la actuación dramática, haciendo suyo ese personaje de mujer humilde, maltratada e infeliz y su largo trayecto hacia el autorespeto y…

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