Box art for The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

  • Rated R

drama


Hester Prynne is involved in a risky and scandalous affair.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    14%
  • Audience Score
    41%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: If you've read the book you won't know the ending. Let's just say that Indians with flaming arrows come to the rescue. They manage to keep a straight face, which is more than anyone in the audience will be able to do.

- Caryn James, New York Times, Monday, August 30, 2004

Rotten: Oh, Roland Joff, thy free adaptation of the Hawthorne classic didst produce abudant derisive laughter. Didst thou once direct 'The Killing Fields?'

- Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Not only does the film bear little resemblance to the source novel, but it's cluttered with ridiculous symbolism.

- Derek Adams, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Curse you, Chillingworth! Not as good as the Crucible.

- 9876a, Thursday, February 7, 2008

1 star

Demi Moore is married but shags Gary Oldman anyway, and it's all very "Oh, Reverand", "Oh, Eliza"...I think that was her name, anyway, she has his child but won't say it's his so she gets sent to prison. Not sure exactly what happened after that as I got bored and started making up my own script involving time travel and the necessity of laser guns. I noticed that Robert Duvall popped up and went insane, then Gary Oldman was standing in the rain crying. Skipped a few chapters...then Moore had to wear a red 'A', hence the title, and then Oldman offers to give his life for hers, and then indians attacked, Robert Duvall died but I didn't see how, and then they rode off into the sunset together. Well, it wasn't a sunset, but you get the idea. Oh, and there was a bit where a slave girl stripped off for a bed that flew in the window. Actually, the best bit was finding out that Gary Oldman has no recollection of making this film as he was drunk the whole time.

- Lemure, Wednesday, April 1, 2009

1 star

Demi Moore is married but shags Gary Oldman anyway, and it's all very "Oh, Reverand", "Oh, Eliza"...I think that was her name, anyway, she has his child but won't say it's his so she gets sent to prison. Not sure exactly what happened after that as I got bored and started making up my own script involving time travel and the necessity of laser guns. I noticed that Robert Duvall popped up and went insane, then Gary Oldman was standing in the rain crying. Skipped a few chapters...then Moore had to wear a red 'A', hence the title, and then Oldman offers to give his life for hers, and then indians attacked, Robert Duvall died but I didn't see how, and then they rode off into the sunset together. Well, it wasn't a sunset, but you get the idea. Oh, and there was a bit where a slave girl stripped off for a bed that flew in the window. Actually, the best bit was finding out that Gary Oldman has no recollection of making this film as he was drunk the whole time.

- Lemure, Wednesday, April 1, 2009