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Sliding Doors

Comedy . Drama . Fantasy . Romance

Gwyneth Paltrow plays London publicist Helen, effortlessly sliding between parallel storylines that show what happens if she does or does not catch a train back to her apartment. Love. Romantic entanglements. Deception. Trust. Friendship. Comedy. All come into focus as the two stories shift back and forth, overlap and surprisingly converge.

Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow , John Hannah , John Lynch , Jeanne Tripplehorn
Directors: Peter Howitt
Country: UK , USA
Release: 1998-05-01
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  • Jean Oppenheimer

    So inventive, confident, and accomplished is the production that it's a shock to learn Sliding Doors is the work of a first-time director-screenwriter.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    One of its most obvious strengths is that it can satisfy many different types of audiences -- those who demand something substantial from their motion pictures, and those who could care less.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    This is the lightest, brightest and tightest film confection to come down the date pike in quite some time.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Hollis Chacona

    In a finely realized and multi-layered first film, writer-director Peter Howitt treats us to a clever and urbane exploration of the monumental repercussions of tiny twists of fate.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    The story is hackneyed, and the gimmick only doubles the dullardry.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    At least entertaining enough to keep you amused for an hour or two. Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    It may be Howitt's greatest achievement that we're able to keep the stories straight.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    That neither tale is especially interesting doesn't matter -- the contrast alone is enough to make Sliding Doors an irresistible romantic fantasy.

    Slate Full Review
  • Rita Kempley

    Sliding Doors is frothy stuff, far more complicated in structure than in content.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jay Carr

    You're hooked enough to keep watching, even if the characterizations veer toward the two-dimensional.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Ultimately, Sliding Doors becomes a victim of its own cleverness, shutting down all that early promise.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    Sound tricky? It is, and all a little too cutely so, the switches back and forth between realities ever more contrived and eventually tiresome, prompting giggles of relief as the storylines painfully draw towards a soap operatic convergence.

    Empire Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Once the movie throws in a jolting, late-in-the-gameplot twist that could have been borrowed from "City of Angels," it never regains its balance.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    A frothy, lightweight romantic comedy that strives to seem richer and more complex than it really is.

    Variety Full Review
  • Sarah Kerr

    Paltrow is as radiant as ever, but she keeps picking parts that focus on technical skills like accents -- she has yet to perform the real star's trick of being herself, and inviting the audience to identify.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Unfortunately, once the freshness of the concept wears off, the same premise starts to feel mechanical and willful.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    As we switched relentlessly back and forth between A and B, I found that I wasn't looking forward to either story.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    No doubt this seeming effortlessness was hard-won. Movies this smooth don't happen by accident.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    A romantic sitcom that never transcends its gimmicky plot, but offers enough screen time to Gwyneth Paltrow to satisfy even her most rabid fans.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Dithery, nattering and a bit long for such a conspicuously airy trifle.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Chris Gore

    Kinda makes you think about how important seemingly minor events in life are. Not really.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Dennis Lim

    Unduly smug about its flashy conceit and otherwise utterly empty, the film plays like lobotomized Kieslowski, less Blind Chance than dumb luck.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    The gimmick behind the screenplay is clever, but the filmmakers don't rise to the challenge they've set themselves, merely spinning two unimaginative stories for the price of one.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
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