Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

Adaptation of the Emily Brontë classic by filmmaker Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank), a dark tale of passionate and thwarted love, sibling rivalry and revenge wreaked.

"A Yorkshire hill farmer on a visit to Liverpool finds a homeless boy, named Heathcliff, on the streets. He takes him home to live as part of his family on the isolated moors where the boy forges an obsessive relationship with the farmer’s daughter, Catherine. As the children grow, family members and neighbours are caught up in the family’s bitter games fuelled by overblown egos." (Venice Film Festival 2011)

Winner of the Golden Osella (for cinematography), Venice Film Festival 2011.
2011Rating: R16, contains violence, offensive language, sex scenes & content that may disturb128 minsUK
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Reviews & comments

It's windy on't moor.

So, admittedly I saw this on a plane but I could not get further than a half hour into it. If you love shaky hand held camera and extreme whistling wind in EVERY scene then this film is for you. I really wanted to like it because the reviews are so good and I love a retelling of an old classic but I could barely understand the dialogue due to the damn wind...

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

More interesting in theory than it is to watch.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Embraces the novel’s rough-hewn core and emotional cataclysms head on.

4.0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Faithful and bold adaptation.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

An admirable, frustrating attempt to strip away the novel's inherited "classic" status and restore its raw and earthy passion.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Perhaps above everything else, Arnold returns us to the most potent fact about the Cathy and Heathcliff love affair: it is a love affair between equals, not between a woman with coquettish "erotic capital" and a man with property and status.

4.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Successful in reimagining the story's archetypal emotions in the story, bringing it closer to its passionate elements.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The book shouldn't be required reading for the film to make sense.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An audaciously and satisfyingly stark, direct and radical approach to an oft-filmed literary classic.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Captures the setting of the book, and its darkness, wonderfully, but goes too far towards edgy in its quest to avoid the usual literary clichés.

3.0
Box Office Magazine

Box Office Magazine

press

Arnold's newest testament to passion and squalor strikes a tone somewhere between Cary Fukinaga's emo "Jane Eyre" and Sophia Coppola's revisionist-hip "Marie Antoinette."

4.0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

It's an intense, uncompromising take that restores some of the shock that made Wuthering Heights so notable when it first appeared.

Variety

Variety

press

More interesting in theory than it is to watch.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Embraces the novel’s rough-hewn core and emotional cataclysms head on.

4.0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Faithful and bold adaptation.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

An admirable, frustrating attempt to strip away the novel's inherited "classic" status and restore its raw and earthy passion.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Perhaps above everything else, Arnold returns us to the most potent fact about the Cathy and Heathcliff love affair: it is a love affair between equals, not between a woman with coquettish "erotic capital" and a man with property and status.

4.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Successful in reimagining the story's archetypal emotions in the story, bringing it closer to its passionate elements.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The book shouldn't be required reading for the film to make sense.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An audaciously and satisfyingly stark, direct and radical approach to an oft-filmed literary classic.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Captures the setting of the book, and its darkness, wonderfully, but goes too far towards edgy in its quest to avoid the usual literary clichés.

3.0
Box Office Magazine

Box Office Magazine

press

Arnold's newest testament to passion and squalor strikes a tone somewhere between Cary Fukinaga's emo "Jane Eyre" and Sophia Coppola's revisionist-hip "Marie Antoinette."

4.0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

It's an intense, uncompromising take that restores some of the shock that made Wuthering Heights so notable when it first appeared.

It's windy on't moor.

So, admittedly I saw this on a plane but I could not get further than a half hour into it. If you love shaky hand held camera and extreme whistling wind in EVERY scene then this film is for you. I really wanted to like it because the reviews are so good and I love a retelling of an old classic but I could barely understand the dialogue due to the damn...

2.0