Head in the Clouds Reviews

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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
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 16, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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.
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
October 15, 2004
This is never a great film. In scattered stretches, though, it's a very good one.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
October 1, 2004
An ambitious, if uneven, tale of passionate lovers from 1933 to 1945.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 1, 2004
It wants to be a hard-panting melodrama, with spies and sex and love and death, and there are times when a movie like this is exactly what you feel like indulging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
September 24, 2004
A brilliantly conceived and delivered extension of the obsessions that have driven one of our finest directors to create excellent cinema for years.
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor
September 23, 2004
Visually ravishing and well-acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
September 17, 2004
Flawed as it may be, Duigan's film is still a terrific showcase for Theron, whose magnetic performance should erase any lingering doubts that her Oscar win for Monster was a fluke.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
September 17, 2004
Perplexing as the characters are, the story is involving and the ending as the Allies drive the Nazis out of Paris is thought-provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
September 16, 2004
It is considerably more interesting when it is exploring the seeming contradiction between Gilda's loyalty and her hedonistic tendencies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 15, 2004
Idealism struggles with hedonism in this drama that features a menage-a-trois during wartime.
| Original Score: B+
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
This soapy saga is for adults only.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
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
EricDSnider.com
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
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Newsweek
October 18, 2008
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October 18, 2008
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Derek Adams
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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February 9, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
November 20, 2004
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October 19, 2004

Boston Phoenix
September 25, 2004
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AV Club
September 16, 2004
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 5, 2004
Unconvincing melodrama.
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