Possession | Full Movie

  • PG-13
  • 1h 42m
  • 2002
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Academy Award® winner Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love) and Aaron Eckhart (Thank You for Smoking) star in this seductively intriguing mystery that critics hailed as “the most romantic film of the year!” (Bill Zwecker, Fox-TV) Dedicated literary scholars Maud Bailey (Paltrow) and Roland Michell (Eckhart) have nothing in common, except their obsession with the two Victorian poets they have devoted their lives to studying. When a newly discovered cache of love letters reveals that the two writers had been entangled in a forbidden affair, everything changes for Maud and Roland as they set off on a wildly romantic journey in search of the truth about the fascinating past… and their own passionate present.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: It's perhaps a bit tame and uninspiring, considering its subject matter, but Possession manages enough romance and period intrigue to satisfy most fans of its source material.
New York Magazine/Vulture
Peter Rainer

For a movie that purports to be about the passions of love and language, Possession is remarkably...

June 17, 2017
Miami Herald
Connie Ogle

While the film probably won't leave you swooning, it is at least an earnest love letter to its tra...

June 17, 2017
Orlando Sentinel
Roger Moore

This is Neil LaBute trying to do Jane Austen, from tone to subject matter to casting. And he's jus...

June 17, 2017
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Robert Denerstein

Just about everything in this dry bit of business seems limp, building toward a poorly staged scen...

June 17, 2017
Washington Post
Eric Brace

What's supposed to be a deep examination of the transcendence of love and art and poetry turns int...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Glossy romance with pretty people.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has sexual situations and references, including sex between unmarried couples, a lesbian relationship, and an out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Roland and Maud almost become sexually involved when he stops, telling her that he has hurt others in the past and does not want to become physically intimate until they have a better sense of their relationship. A character commits suicide. Characters steal documents of great value. There's some strong language, and characters smoke and drink. Some audience members may be upset by scenes of an unauthorized exhumation.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Romance, Drama
  • Release Date:August 16, 2002
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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