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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Emanuel Levy
December 4, 2010
Made for Italian TV, this modestly scaled, intimate drama about the relationship between a British musician and his African housekeeper is well acted by Thandie Newton and David Thewlis.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 10, 2006
Bertolucci conjures magic once again.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
It's a film about the limits of art, about civilization at this moment of flux, and about a gentle connection between a man and a woman.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
This is a deeply engrossing, often exquisite film by someone who knows visuals. It's sensory, sensual, handmade.
Emanuel Levy
July 1, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
May 28, 2005
Visually creative filmmaking.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
One of the most accessible films to come from Bertolucci and shows the filmmakers deep understanding of his craft.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 8, 2004
A thinking audience's romance.
| Original Score: A-
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
February 6, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A film full of hope, full of heart and full of simple rewards for the audience lucky enough to find it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Susan Green
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Bertolucci and co-writer Clare Peploe tell an intimate and painstaking tale that's complemented by exquisitely restrained acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
What an unexpected gift.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sally Chatsworth
Sight and Sound
March 5, 2002
Does this allusive, delicate story work? The answer is yes, provided you are sympathetic with what Bertolucci is trying to do.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002
A compelling drama about sacrificial love.
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
Besieged succeeds more triumphantly.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
A film that combines a stunning sensuality with a rigorous economy.
Arthur Lazere
January 1, 2000
a master filmmaker at the peak of his powers...celluloid poetry
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A purposefully romantic exploration of the nonverbal connections between people that can blossom into love.

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
I can't say that I was affected by it much at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
January 1, 2000

Irish Times
January 1, 2000
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