I was hooked to the screen, to the film's sense of time and place and risk, to the intelligence of the talk and the intimations of pleasure and regret in Bonham Carter's performance.
The film ultimately becomes too contrived to be anything but a fleeting diversion, but kudos to these emerging filmmakers for daring to make something a little bit different and, for the most part, intriguing.
The charm of Conversations With Other Women, a gimmicky but oddly moving two-character drama that flies in from who knows where, is its intelligent knowingness.
| Original Score: 3/4
The gimmick has its poetic moments, but the actors can't do much to make screenwriter Gabrielle Zevin's strategems for characters seem like real people.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It can be tricky to watch both screens at once (Conversations With Other Women rewards multiple viewings), but it's invigorating to see a filmmaker exploring technique as metaphor.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Conversations with Other Women feels like a one-act play stretched into a feature film and padded with those visual gimmicks.
The posturing twosome in the movie are themselves a compendium of stylish ticks in need of substantive redemption -- for once, the gimmick is a perfect reflection of the characters.
This is entertainment by and for adults.
The technique heightens the drama, illustrating how each character is in his or her own lonely little world.
By fade out, the movie has run out of air: the quick, clever dialogue flattens out and it becomes contrived.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Having been locked up in Burton's toy chest for so long, [Bonham Carter] is all the more dazzling in this wistful two-character infidelity drama.
Mostly it works because this is about two people desperately trying to do the impossible: to reconcile the past with the present, reality with fantasy, and desire with responsibility.
Theirs is an affair not worth remembering.
| Original Score: 2/4
The actors, who portray a reunion that is more sparring match than love fest, strike occasional sparks (but why must Carter always look so chalk white?).
| Original Score: B-
Hans Canosa's studied debut feature stars Aaron Eckhart and Helena Bonham Carter as old flames who meet, years after parting, and have a short fling.
| Original Score: 3/5
An intimate movie in every sense, Conversations With Other Women sets out to explore well-trammeled yet at the same time uncharted territory without grinding any axes.
| Original Score: 3/5
Though the movie is occasionally too clever-talky for its own good, it has the authentic ring of an elegy for love lost when one partner grows up while the other runs in place.
It may be dotted with fine observations, yet somehow the charm of its novelty grows stale, and the airless feeling of a closed set begins to fester.
The split screen sabotages [Canosa's] best intentions; it's a conceit that only manages to make the viewer irritable.
The battle of the sexes is restaged to clever but inconsequential effect in Conversations With Other Women.
That the movie holds viewers' attention despite its contrivances is a testament to the script and acting.