Enchanted April Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 27, 2011
The whole thing seems like it was dreamed up during a sleepy afternoon by the Italian seaside, and is guaranteed to put viewers into a similarly soporific state.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 27, 2011
In a raucous movie summer, this is a film for those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine, and a recollection of a time when women and movies could be purveyors of enchantment.

Film4
May 27, 2011
An undeniably pretty but ultimately vacant period drama.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
February 17, 2011
Elegant period film explores deep emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 6, 2010
Strong cast's reliable playing is undercut by a script that dawdles over well-trod territory.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 16, 2009
It reminded me of the introspective but otherwise soft-hitting stories that my mother reads in her monthly book club. It's a rich film, but not the kind of rich that I like.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 17, 2009
Thematically, Mike Newell's film is similar to A Room With a View, focusing on the liberating impact of an Italian vacation on repressed, downtrodden Brit femmes, well acted by Joan Plowright, Miranda Richardson and Polly Walker.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
May 23, 2009
One can't help but start planning a vacation immediately after the film ends
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
May 6, 2009
Like April weather most places north of the Mediterranean, this one is lukewarm, at best.
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
May 5, 2009
... behind that precious romanticism is a genuine commitment to this emotional renewal.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Personalities clash but are cheerfully reconciled, and marital tensions are swiftly resolved.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 20, 2003
Exquisite -- it will bloom inside you the way Italy blooms inside the characters.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The ladies are well bred, the scenery is lovely and the dialogue is polished and polite. It helps that the same villa in Portofino where Miss von Armin wrote the novel has been used to fine effect as the film's principal setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Michael Drakulich
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
November 27, 2002
Beautifully filmed and acted with a pleasant, wry sense of humor about it. Mirand Richardson shows why she is one of our greatest living actresses.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 2, 2002
Pleasant, but awfully thin
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2002
Shows how a holiday can become a spiritual experience.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It would seem from a spate of films lately that the English can only find their warmer, truer selves abroad -- usually in Italy. Enchanted April takes this familiar path, but traipses along with charm and glory, as if for the very first time.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The movie's main weakness is the premise that sun, flowers, Mediterranean air and, certainly, castle living, are magical restoratives strong enough to salve all social ills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
An utter delight.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Is it fair to ask why usually sophisticated Americans turn to mush over this particular variety of moribund ersatz art?
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