This soapy saga is for adults only.
| Original Score: 2/5
Even as a potboiler, this melodrama is too silly and improbable to be enjoyed as trash
| Original Score: D
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.
| Original Score: .5/10
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Miscast leads and ersatz emotions leave the film's soundstagey period ambiance as its most comparable asset. A handsome misfire.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: C
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Amid scenes of silk-sheet sexuality are gritty historical re-enactments and half-baked histrionics, but it plays as drab melodrama and unintentional comedy.
ends up underwhelmingly episodic and contrived
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
It's the worst performance by an Oscar-winning actress since Catwoman.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
...a well-made, visually distinctive period piece that's nevertheless a complete bore almost from start to finish.
I couldn't help but feel that the movie's primary reason for existing is so its stars could wear some fantastic period costumes.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The passion barely simmers, let alone rages, which may vex some viewers and will certainly confound the tabloids.
There's no life in its historical mush.
Great, gooey, hot-fudge sundae of a love story.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
A snooze, despite all the sex and other gunplay.
By rights, Gilda Bessé (Charlize Theron) should be languishing in a grand 1940s melodrama.