Pascali's Island Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
Top Critic
March 26, 2009

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

Rita Kempley
Washington Post
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

A literary adaptation that takes itself so seriously one longs for Gilligan and the Skipper.

Caryn James
New York Times
Top Critic
May 20, 2003

Slow and stately, Pascali's Island never gets beneath its own superficial gentility.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 27, 2005

| Original Score: 2/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Derek Adams
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

The milieu may seem remote but the performances illuminate, and the story has an originality that compensates for the modest budget.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 9, 2003

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.

Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004

| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 4, 2014

Exotically Levantine.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

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.

Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 7, 2003

| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 28, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
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