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Do Nobel-Based Movies Rest on Their Laureates?

What our critics thought of movies like ''Love in the Time of Cholera'' and ''The Piano Teacher''

Blindness, based on José Saramago's 1995 novel (read review here), is the latest film adapted from a book by a Nobel laureate. But over the last decade, EW critics haven't always warmed to Nobel-minted movies.

Beloved
1998
Jonathan Demme's ''literal-minded'' version of Toni Morrison's classic stars Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. C+

Pavilion of Women
2001
This ''utterly predictable'' adaptation of Pearl S. Buck's novel stars Willem Dafoe as a priest. D+

The Piano Teacher
2002
Michael Haneke, master of the unsettling, crafts a ''grimly disquieting'' film based on Elfriede Jelinek's novel. B

The Mystic Masseur
2002
Future Daily Show-er Aasif Mandvi stars in a ''just plain dull'' film from a V.S. Naipaul novel. C-

Fateless
2005
Imre Kertész's autobiographical WWII novel inspired Hungarian director Lajos Koltai's ''disturbingly beautiful'' debut. A-

Love in the Time of Cholera
2007
Javier Bardem can't save Mike Newell's ''turgid and lifeless'' take on Gabriel García Márquez's epic. D

Originally posted Sep 26, 2008 Published in issue #1014 Oct 03, 2008 Order article reprints
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