Given short shrift by most cinema critics, Robert Benton's flawed adaptation of Philip Roth's novel is wonderfully acted by two stars who've been praised for far inferior performances. Anthony Hopkins is the professor sacked for alleged political incorrectness; Nicole Kidman the damaged younger woman with whom he enjoys "not my first love, not my great love, but my last love." Both risky and tender.

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The Human Stain

Given short shrift by most cinema critics, Robert Benton’s flawed adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel is wonderfully acted by two stars who’ve been praised for far inferior performances. Anthony Hopkins is the professor sacked for alleged political incorrectness; Nicole Kidman the damaged younger woman with whom he enjoys “not my first love, not my great love, but my last love.” Both risky and tender.