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Pascali's Island (1988)

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50

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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The year is 1908; after centuries of unchecked power, the Ottoman empire is rapidly crumbling. As a result, Turkey's secret agents--those that haven't already been eliminated by downsizing or death--operate in a vacuum, their superiors knowing little and caring less about their activities. One such spy is Ben Kingsley, a minor bureaucrat of no ambition. When ordered to help disreputable English citizens Charles Dance and Helen Mirren in the theft of a precious Greek artifact, Kingsley goes along

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (4)

Despite an eye-catching but mannered central performance from Ben Kingsley, looms as too languid and remote to make much impact.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The milieu may seem remote but the performances illuminate, and the story has an originality that compensates for the modest budget.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Slow and stately, Pascali's Island never gets beneath its own superficial gentility.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A literary adaptation that takes itself so seriously one longs for Gilligan and the Skipper.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It is a mood piece, meditative, in which even the melodrama of the plot grows out of the flawed souls of the characters. Everything in a film like this depends on performance, and it is hard to imagine how it could have been better cast.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Helen Mirren has always been good at playing sexy eccentrics. But it is Kingsley's performance, as the despairing victim of his own actions, that makes this island worth a visit.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Exotically Levantine.

May 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A literate, well-acted movie set in 1908 that conveys how difficult and disarming it is to live in a world where no one can be trusted.

July 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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    1. Anthony Bowles: Intelligent, literate, well acted, fully rounded story of human frailty, in a microcosm of the world's intrigue in the run-up to the first world war. Beautifully photographed in Rhodes.
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