The Film Wook’s review published on Letterboxd:
I’m not really sure what I expected going into this but I should’ve known that trying to fit that entire book into 120 minutes (while still keeping all the tiny details that made it so compelling) was an impossibility that no one could possibly achieve. Sure, it’s nice to look at and it’s always such a treat to see a beloved novel come to life before your eyes but this felt so airless. It was like someone hit the fast forward button on a VCR and left it on the entire time. It requires a certain skill to be able to lift the ink from a book and transform it into a visual voyage and THAT INCLUDES NO VOICE OVER. Voice over rarely works and this really hurt the film in my opinion. We shouldn’t need to hear voice over. We should be able to more or less interpret what is going through Kya’s mind without our hand being held every 25-30 minutes. It’s called good direction and acting. Nothing against Daisy Edgar-Jones but this wasn’t her moment. This was a half assed attempt at what could have been a beautiful adaptation.