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Sommersby (1993)

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86

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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This Americanized remake of the French classic The Return of Martin Guerre (1982) transports the story's setting from the 16th century Gallic countryside to 19th century Tennessee at the conclusion of the U.S. Civil War. Richard Gere stars as Jack Sommersby, a wealthy landowner who returns to his small cotton farming town of Vine Hill three years after the Civil War's end. The defeated Confederate soldier is ready to resume his past life with his young wife Laurel (Jodie Foster). Thinking her

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Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense

Sep 21, 1999

Warner Home Video

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Though there is a near vaccuum at the center of the film, Sommersby is never boring, largely because of Ms. Foster's beautifully self-possessed presence.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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From start to finish, it is a well-crafted film: part love story, part mystery, and all drama.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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A square peg pounded into a round hole -- or, more exactly, a medieval European story that has been unsuccessfully updated to the period of the American Civil War.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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It's really an old-fashioned hankie-soaker with Gere and Foster ably jerking tears. An odd yet convincing couple, they won't replace Rhett and Scarlet, and frankly, my dears, who can? But belles wring and bosoms heave in a manner most pleasing.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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If you're looking for a picturesque romance -- with a little intrigue on the side -- you could do worse than Sommersby.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Lacks whatever magical ingredient there is that makes a film a moving experience and instead settles for being an adequate but not a remarkable achievement.

April 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A winning and soul-stirring exploration of the spiritual meaning of one man's sacrificial death.

July 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The story idea is an interesting one, but it doesn't quite pan out in the end. There are too many unanswered questions and unresolved conflicts.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

A powerful piece of filmmaking. Gere and Foster are as immaculate as always.

September 18, 2002
Moviehole

Hobbled with a meandering script, an erratic performance by Richard Gere, and an overbearing score by Danny Elfman.

January 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

Relatively weak popcorn drama.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Sommersby is not a terrible movie, there are just many things about it that aren't quite right.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

At least satisfying and often is poignant.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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The cast is uniformly good, including Gere in the title role. But it's Foster who really glows here, giving her character a sense of depth and innocence that makes the entire unlikely premise more palatable.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Sommersby

Unfortunately the whole 'Is he/Isn't he' plot soon gets a little tiring but this is still quite a nice film with some good performances from Gere, Foster and R. Lee Ermey as the unfortunately named Dick Mead. I didn't realise it was a remake, so I'm quite intrigued to see The Return of Martin Guerre.
March 29, 2010
SirPant

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She knew his face. His touch. His voice. She knew everything about him... But the truth.
January 14, 2010
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Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Based on the story "The Return of Martin Guerre" this is a beautifully and inticately woven tale that tests the strength of love and pride. A story with powerful emotions and a dilema which is a tragedy of it's time.

Richard Gere who is often criticised as an Actor gave no reason for criticism here and another good performance from Jodie Foster.
May 31, 2009
76Majikat

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Great chemistry between Richard and Jodie. Still not sure if he was or was not her husband! Must watch it again!
December 29, 2007
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