Sommersby Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Relatively weak popcorn drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
September 29, 2006
| Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 11, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Sommersby is not a terrible movie, there are just many things about it that aren't quite right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 9, 2002
Hobbled with a meandering script, an erratic performance by Richard Gere, and an overbearing score by Danny Elfman.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 26, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 6, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
From start to finish, it is a well-crafted film: part love story, part mystery, and all drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 18, 2002
A powerful piece of filmmaking. Gere and Foster are as immaculate as always.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
At least satisfying and often is poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 12, 2003
A winning and soul-stirring exploration of the spiritual meaning of one man's sacrificial death.
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
December 27, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
If you're looking for a picturesque romance -- with a little intrigue on the side -- you could do worse than Sommersby.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
January 13, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
March 4, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
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