An admirable, frustrating attempt to strip away the novel's inherited "classic" status and restore its raw and earthy passion.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
The film gave me something I never expect to get from any classic literary adaptation: the shock of the new.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Arnold's approach does Bronte no disservice...
Xan Brooks - Guardian [UK]
This impressionistic take includes some strikingly authentic visuals, but the acting is lackluster and the languorous story often sinks into tedium with its focus on the minutiae of country life.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
With so much attention paid to mood and imagery, emotions seem to get lost in the wind.
Stephanie Merry - Washington Post
Arnold is so much stronger on atmosphere than event that she comes to seem resentful of Bronte's plot, and the final scenes are less discomfiting than laughable.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Undoubtedly, its coup de grace has everything to do with race.
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
Lyrical and minimalist - if you don't care for such qualities, you may just find it slow ...
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
...a film that is always interesting but never entirely compelling.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
All of the book's poetry is gone; it isn't even a memory.
David Denby - New Yorker
Arnold has been successful in reimagining the story's archetypal emotions in the story, bringing it closer to its passionate elements.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
In reality it's a bit of a slog.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Arnold ... has put her stamp on Emily Bronte's 19th-century novel Wuthering Heights, but it's a smudged and imperfect stamp, to be sure.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Arnold drastically pares back dialogue and exposition, telling the classic tale of passion and revenge with probing, harshly sensual camera work and a minimum of sentimentality.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Unfortunately more interesting in theory than it is to watch.
Leslie Felperin - Variety
If you can handle the glacial pacing and lack of dialogue, there is a certain squirmy satisfaction to watching this well-worn story of love, cruelty and madness play out minus the long-winded speeches and romantic catharsis.
Sara Stewart - New York Post
...Utterly absorbing, [Arnold] has created something lasting and beautiful, the kind of film that is entirely engaging.
Amanda Mae Meyncke - Film.com
Its singular and unflinching vision is always admirable and often breathtaking.
Kate Taylor - Globe and Mail
I love this movie, and love the way it burrows through an English-lit classic to deliver a sensory, kinetic experience that's true to the book but also entirely different.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
If you can slow down your movie metabolism enough to acclimate to its world, Arnold's naturalistic retelling grasps an elemental truth about the novel.
Dana Stevens - Slate
An audaciously and satisfyingly stark, direct and radical approach to an oft-filmed literary classic.
Neil Young - Hollywood Reporter
Faithful and bold...
Mary Corliss - TIME Magazine
It's just that there isn't enough story - the book shouldn't be required reading for the film to make sense.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Wuthering Heights is stunningly shot and beautifully acted. It puts you inside the minds of Cathy and Heathcliff in a way no other adaptation has done before.
Kristal Cooper - We Got This Covered
Cuts beneath the romantic accretion of decades of movie and TV adaptations to penetrate the dark heathen heart of Emily Bronte's 1847 novel.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Most of what's here is interesting enough to be valuable on its own right without quite managing to be "good".
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The atmosphere is vivid but the romance is not.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Your enjoyment of the film will depend on your appreciation of the troubling and brutal nature of the source material.
Rebecca Barry - Flicks.co.nz
...almost unbearably sensual - and not only in a sexual way.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Arnold doesn't merely adapt Bronte's story but retells it in her own style, creating a film that can be frustratingly languid to start but becomes mesmerizing as it progresses.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Alive with texture--sensations and noises, fur and breezes, accentuating both slow-moving stillness and the perception of the now.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Arnold's film reinvents Bronte's 1847 tragedy as if it had never been filmed before, from the damp ground up.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
The results are often obtuse and self-consciously arty. But the movie is also frequently engrossing, sucking the viewer into the emotional landscape of these star-crossed lovers.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
A classic story loses its luster
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
A great sensual experience, but not a very good movie
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
It is in so many ways the first adaptation of Wuthering Heights.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Bearing about as much resemblance to the famous 1939 film as chalk does to cheese, Arnold employs the jagged, realist style that defined her excellent films Red Road (2006) and Fish Tank (2009) to great effect.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
While director Arnold captures the semi-barbaric violence, rough beauty and rustic splendor of her setting and period, her use of nonprofessional actors in many roles detracts from the story's power.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Perfectly ridiculous adaptation of Emily Bronte's novel. Shaky-cam nausea combines with wooden amateur acting and sloppy editing to render an unpleasant experience.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Perfectly ridiculous adaptation of Emily Bronte's novel. Shaky-cam nausea combines with amateur acting and sloppy editing to render an unpleasant experience.
Boo Allen - Cedar Hill Sentinel (TX)
I never found a way in, and I couldn't wait for a way out.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Essentially a misunderstanding of (or an inability to convey) the breathing soul of this material.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
You feel its damp chill, enveloping the characters like a rough, thick cloak; if you screamed into this wind, nobody would hear you.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Visually drab despite the locales and emotionally parched despite the source, this isn't so much the heights as the cinematic depths.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
She's made a massive miscalculation in shooting it this way. It's a story of grand passion and she misses out completely on the passion, partly because the actors are inexperienced and they don't deliver the goods in terms of performance.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
A bleak but gripping retelling of a literary classic, which makes brave but effective use of its creative license.
Mark Demetrius - FILMINK (Australia)
Minimalistic, impressionistic, powerful filmmaking brings a fresh take to this English classic.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Wuthering Heights is an audacious retelling of the famous story; a unique retelling that should be championed and celebrated.
Glenn Dunks - Trespass
Even more striking than Arnold's impressionistic style is the way in which she strips these characters down to their abusive and vindictive cores.
Ian Buckwalter - The Washingtonian
The environment is one of unrelenting cruelty and misanthropy, which certainly brings out the novel's darker themes, but can be something of a slog to watch.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian