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Sliding Doors

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United Kingdom, United States · 1998
Rated PG-13 · 1h 39m
Director Peter Howitt
Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, John Lynch, Jeanne Tripplehorn
Genre Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

When Helen, a London ad executive, is fired from her job, two scenarios take place in her life. In one, she finds her boyfriend Gerry in bed with another woman. In the other, she arrives home after the woman has left. In the first situation, Helen dumps Gerry and finds a new romance. In the second, she becomes suspicious of Gerry's fidelity and grows miserable.

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Slate by David Edelstein

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


Christian Science Monitor by 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.


ReelViews by 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.


Boston Globe by Jay Carr

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

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