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New York Winter's Tale, A (12A)

Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A burglar falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her.

The critical consensus

Goldsman’s tale is a mawkish stinker.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 16/02/2014

Corny and shakily plotted, it's a disappointing directorial debut from Goldsman.

**(*)(*)(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 17/02/2014

Verdict: Slushy nonsense.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Brian Viner, Daily Mail, 21/02/2014

The images of a snow-covered Manhattan are lovely and Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay work wonders in giving heart and soul to the true love that binds their characters throughout eternity. It’s just everything else makes this a messy, unwieldy affair.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 21/02/2014

The only way this film could be made worse would be to be eaten by a badger while watching it.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 20/02/2014

Unfortunately, the film's magical- realist approach comes off as kitsch and preposterous.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 20/02/2014

Largely horrible. But we would go back.

David Jenkins & Adam Lee Davies, Little White Lies, 20/02/2014

A genuinely baffling genre mishmash that mistakes shambolic plotting for ingenuity and cloying sentimentality for emotional truth, A New York Winter’s Tale is too earnest to hate, but too misconceived to respect.

**(*)(*)(*)Emma Dibdin, Total Film, 26/02/2014

The overall result is a film that falls short on just about every level, lacking the spectacle to keep you dazzled or the emotional pull to keep you gripped. And while some moments may be unintentionally amusing, any sniggers will eventually turn to jeers.

**(*)(*)(*)Rob Carnevale, The List, 24/02/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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