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Immortality (The Wisdom of Crocodiles)

Immortality (The Wisdom of Crocodiles) (2000)

tomatometer

80

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

Stylish, but emotionally uninvolving.

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54

liked it
Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 4,031

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Stephen Griscz, the protagonist of The Wisdom of Crocodiles, is a handsome but enigmatic man of many talents. He is also an incurable womanizer, always searching for the perfect woman. But all his relationships end in tragedy, which arouses the suspicions of police officer Healey. One day, Stephen meets Anne, an engineer who is also a very strong woman and definitely much better than all the others. Anne is intrigued by Stephen's strange airs. But soon it becomes clear that only one of them will

Mar 13, 2001

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A philosophical thriller that's no less intriguing for being murkily theological and ceaselessly artsy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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The Wisdom of Crocodiles benefits from handsome production design (Andy Harris) and photography (Oliver Curtis).

January 1, 2000
Newsday
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Inoffensively glib and innocuously arty.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Raises the most profound issues about the difference between humans and animals, good and evil, truth and lies.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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...so enigmatic and mysterious that by the time the movie's over, you still aren't entirely sure what just happened.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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A chic modern vampire tale.

October 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Not much actually happens.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This pompous and dispassionate piece of vampire business leaves you longing for the ominous mists of Transylvania and midnight.

January 1, 2000
New Times

This film is probably really only best for fans of vampire films or stylish British erotic thrillers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies

Any subtlety is lost in the broader superficiality of a work which fails to engage on an emotional level.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The plot is quite silly.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Wisdom of Crocodiles is a thought-provoking, memorable film that develops into a psychological shell game that leaves the viewer as breathless as the heroine.

January 1, 2000
Reel.com

Director Po Chih Leong and cinematographer Oliver Curtis certainly know how to provide visual splendor for this film without much of a pulse.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Immortality (The Wisdom of Crocodiles)

Not bad. I was able to put my immense dislike of Jude Law on hold long enough to watch this, (mainly as I was interested to see Elina Lowensohn in something other than Nadja or the Hal Hartley movies).
This movie seems a little on the long side, even though it actually isn't, and an interesting spin on vampires is stretched a little thin, but on the whole, I didn't mind it.
Elina, as always, adds a quirky presence to this. She is definitely an underrated actress. Jude Law is pretty good too, and I don't generally say that, have not really liked him in anything since Gattaca.
Fans of the genre might enjoy this, although it is not especially violent and isn't a great deal of sex in it, which is unusual for a movie of this type. It is more of an arthouse take.
August 13, 2010
romy861

Super Reviewer

Very bizarre and very cheap looking. It's a straight-to-video in every way, but it's really interesting for some reason. It's essentially Jude law running around seducing girls and being a vampire. I just honestly have no idea what was going on here with the plot, it seemed like they were trying to update Dracula but I can't be sure.
January 10, 2010
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

Jude Law as a vampire. Dammit, they know my weakness! This is a really seductive film, and the premise is fascinating. Although it takes a bit of a wrong turn near the end, it redeems itself at the last moment. It's hard to say what it is about this movie that's so compelling. It just is.
July 21, 2006
MidnightMadwoman

Super Reviewer

    1. Steven Grlscz: Everything hidden is theft.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Steven Grlscz: Difficult, isn't it, doing the right thing?
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Steven Grlscz: I'm doing research on how extreme emotional staes can cause the body to form crystals.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Anna Levels: I don't judge a book by its cover, I never look before I leap, I know that some things are better left unsaid, and that worrying is the devil's favorite pastime.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Detective Roche: It ought to be against the law not to have and vowels in your name.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Anna Levels: I like a man with a bit of mystery about him.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
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