Has taken almost two years to reach the UK; you'd be forgiven for thinking it was far longer, given its sub-Joseph Losey pretensions and doily-like styling.
| Original Score: 2/5
Sometimes a feast of acting isn't enough.
| Original Score: 2/4
A brilliantly acted semi-dud.
Too often the film's moods switch unsuccessfully between the abruptly serious and the broadly bizarre.
Rush and Davis are two of the best actors in the business, and their brittle gamesmanship and rue holds the screen. But the film is disappointingly lackluster -- a mild squall instead of a storm.
| Original Score: B-
It all feels like a whittled-down miniseries.
The project's ambitions turn out to be greater than its ability to achieve them.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
[A] dramatically unsteady, blustery if likable film, which was adapted by Judy Morris from the Patrick White novel.
| Original Score: 3/5
Schepisi orchestrates these vitriolic cat-and-mouse games with great subtlety and skill, and you can almost feel the pleasure he takes in watching these actors do what they do best.
The title takes on a depressing literalness; you sense the movie teetering with tonal imbalance, its brilliant cast of savage line-readers forced to turn inward.
Its portrait of the grotesque über-privileged has considerable bite, bracingly reveling in the greed, selfishness, bitterness, jealousy, neurosis, detachment, and hunger for power and sex ...
Sometimes a film just can't live up to all its reputations.
The subject matter is dark but disjointed, despite the best efforts of the cast.
Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis bookend a cast consisting of some of Oz's finest thesps, but Schepisi never gets a grip on a script with awkward literary tics.
An intelligent, visually sumptuous drama that embraces the grandeur of the Australian literary classic upon which it's based.