Head in the Clouds Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
This soapy saga is for adults only.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
October 29, 2006
Even as a potboiler, this melodrama is too silly and improbable to be enjoyed as trash
Full Review | Original Score: D
Tim Appelo
Seattle Weekly
March 9, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 23, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Blackwelder
December 18, 2004
Miscast leads and ersatz emotions leave the film's soundstagey period ambiance as its most comparable asset. A handsome misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
December 11, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 3, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 3, 2004
Amid scenes of silk-sheet sexuality are gritty historical re-enactments and half-baked histrionics, but it plays as drab melodrama and unintentional comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
November 17, 2004
ends up underwhelmingly episodic and contrived
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
November 5, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
November 4, 2004
It's the worst performance by an Oscar-winning actress since Catwoman.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
November 2, 2004
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 31, 2004
...a well-made, visually distinctive period piece that's nevertheless a complete bore almost from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 29, 2004
I couldn't help but feel that the movie's primary reason for existing is so its stars could wear some fantastic period costumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 22, 2004
The passion barely simmers, let alone rages, which may vex some viewers and will certainly confound the tabloids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
October 22, 2004
There's no life in its historical mush.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
October 22, 2004
Great, gooey, hot-fudge sundae of a love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
October 22, 2004
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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 22, 2004
A snooze, despite all the sex and other gunplay.
Cynthia Fuchs
October 22, 2004
By rights, Gilda Bessť (Charlize Theron) should be languishing in a grand 1940s melodrama.
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