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Head in the Clouds (2004)



Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 29

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A young Cambridge student gets involved with a budding photographer in the years before WWII. Their relationship gets severed as he heads to Spain to fight fascism. They are later reunited when she puts her life on the line to save him.

Jan 25, 2005


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The story becomes a long slog because Duigan doesn't define his characters and because he's determined to touch too many of the familiar '30s European bases.

November 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The passion barely simmers, let alone rages, which may vex some viewers and will certainly confound the tabloids.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Great, gooey, hot-fudge sundae of a love story.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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There's plenty of eye candy -- gorgeous scenery, gorgeous costumes, gorgeous people -- to keep the viewer from minding (too much) the Olympic leaps of faith required to invest in the film's plot.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A snooze, despite all the sex and other gunplay.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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This soapy saga is for adults only.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Even as a potboiler, this melodrama is too silly and improbable to be enjoyed as trash

October 29, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Tyrone Power would have more chemistry courting Deanna Durbin in a deep coma. Theron destroys all her Monster acting cred. Cruz squeaks like a hamster huffing helium.

March 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Weekly
Seattle Weekly

If John Duigan set out to make the most preposterous, over-the-top and sweeping epic he could cobble together, then he succeeded with a vengeance.

February 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Comment (1)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Miscast leads and ersatz emotions leave the film's soundstagey period ambiance as its most comparable asset. A handsome misfire.

December 18, 2004 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire

The film is emotionally distanced from its audience, too stoic and stuffy. You'd never guess a film with as much sex as this one could be so stodgy, but there you go.

December 11, 2004 Full Review Source:

This would-be wartime epic romance is so intent on setting a dream-like atmosphere that it fails to develop either the situation or characters in a convincing fashion.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Amid scenes of silk-sheet sexuality are gritty historical re-enactments and half-baked histrionics, but it plays as drab melodrama and unintentional comedy.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

ends up underwhelmingly episodic and contrived

November 17, 2004 Full Review Source:

It's the worst performance by an Oscar-winning actress since Catwoman.

November 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

If this film is any indication of how Hollywood is looking at history, then the turbulent events of WWII are mostly about whom you were dating.

November 2, 2004
Long Island Press

...a well-made, visually distinctive period piece that's nevertheless a complete bore almost from start to finish.

October 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

I couldn't help but feel that the movie's primary reason for existing is so its stars could wear some fantastic period costumes.

October 29, 2004 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

There's no life in its historical mush.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

By rights, Gilda Bessť (Charlize Theron) should be languishing in a grand 1940s melodrama.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Audience Reviews for Head in the Clouds

Head in the Clouds is OK. What are you going to do when you meet your soulmate? Even the ending is believable, although I've seen the same ending in a few WW 2 movies.
October 8, 2013

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In a city of glamour at a time of decadence they met. An aristocrat, a soldier of conscience, and an entertainer. Together they shared a deep passion.
December 18, 2009
Wahida K

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Okay for a bit. After a while I fast forwarded to the end.
June 21, 2008
Curtis Lilly

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[font=Century Gothic]"Head in the Clouds" starts out at Cambridge University in 1933. Guy(Stuart Townsend) is a scholarship student from Ireland. A very wet and beautiful Gilda(Charlize Theron) stumbles into his room one rainy night. After Guy helps her out of her dress, they spend a platonic night together. A beautiful friendship is born which evolves into an on-again/off-again relationship. Guy eventually moves in with Gilda in Paris to become her assistant while she pursues a career in photography. Completing the triangle is Mia(Penelope Cruz) who is a Spanish refugee/ex-stripper with a limp who was rescued by Gilda and now has dreams of becoming a nurse.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]The first half of "Head in the Clouds" is not bad but when the movie turns serious in the second half, it gets extremely ponderous and credibility goes out the window. I do suppose the writer/director wanted to make a statement but fails miserably. But it is certainly well-photographed.(A tip of the hat to the cinematographer.) And Charlize Theron, conveying the perfect combination of sexiness and vulnerability, is simply too good for low-level soap opera material like this. [/font]
October 18, 2005
Walter M.

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