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The Human Stain

6 Ratings: 3.5
A movie directed by Robert Benton

The Human Stain (2000) is a novel by Philip Roth. It is set in late 1990s rural New England. Its first person narrator is 65-year-old author Nathan Zuckerman, a character in previous Roth novels, including American Pastoral (1997) and I Married a Communist … see full wiki

Director: Robert Benton
Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 31, 2003
MPAA Rating: R
7 reviews about The Human Stain
review by . September 19, 2010
Surprisingly bad
Coleman Silk (Anthony Hopkins) is a highly respected college dean and professor. After an innocent comment is misinterpreted as a racist remark, he is forced to quit his job in disgrace. Coleman begins a strange love affair with an aimless woman (Nicole Kidman) half his age who has a tragic past.      For me, this strange little movie was doomed from the start, when the big surprise is shown right away. The rest of the story is shown in choppy, anti-climactic flashbacks …
review by . May 28, 2009
Phillip Roth's final tale in his trilogy, "The Human Stain" is set in the summer of The Year Of Our Lord, 1998. Otherwise known as "Impeachment Summer", during which the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky accusations took place, The Starr Report was released, and the whole sordid story of the infamous stained dress was on the lips of everyone, so to speak.     The film is told in flashback sequences with the narrator of the tale, writer and friend of main character, Coleman Silk's. …
review by . May 23, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Kidman, Hopkins, Sinise, Harris     Cons: none     The Bottom Line: "See the cemetery sky   Carmine red and deep   Watch the oceans rising high   ItÂ’s the human stain"   ~ Kamelot     Frankly, the thing that made this movie work for me was Nicole Kidman. While I have not been overly taken with most of her roles, I never doubted for one moment while watching her in this part that she was an overworked, …
review by . January 26, 2005
Two lonely people come together, Coleman Silk (Anthony Hopkins), a professor who quits his job after a supposed racial slur and Faunia Farley (Nicole Kidman), an eccentric younger woman disabused by the harsh realities of her life. A former welterweight boxer who has turned his back on his race, Silk lives as a white man caught in an ironic twist of fate. In a fine blend of racism and religious intolerance before the gratuity of political correctness, the young Coleman makes irreversible decisions …
review by . January 18, 2005
Pros: Compelling, relevant story-line.     Cons: Casting of Anthony Hopkins is strange.     The Bottom Line: In the end I found The Human Stain an extremely thoughtful and thought-provoking tale that merits serious consideration.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. In 1900, noted Black American scholar and activist W.E.B. Du Bois prophetically stated, "[T]he problem of the 20th century is the problem …
review by . September 28, 2004
Phillip Roth's final tale in his trilogy, "The Human Stain" is set in the summer of The Year Of Our Lord, 1998. Otherwise known as "Impeachment Summer", during which the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky accusations took place, The Starr Report was released, and the whole sordid story of the infamous stained dress was on the lips of everyone, so to speak.     The film is told in flashback sequences with the narrator of the tale, writer and friend of main character, Coleman Silk's. …
review by . July 23, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
THE HUMAN STAIN met a mixed reaction when released in the theatres, possibly because the issues, which imbue this film with particular significance, got lost on the large screen that by nature concentrates on the BIG effect. But on the DVD, viewed in the privacy of the home, the degrees of subtleties are more pronounced. The indelible stain that birthright makes on our lives is examined in many facets in this adaptation of Philip Roth's rather sensational novel by the same name. What effect does …
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