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Twice Born (2013)

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Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 13
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Italian actor/director Sergio Castellitto takes the helm for this romantic war drama concerning a mother who finds her memories of a tragic romance stirred during a trip to Sarajevo with her teenage son. The year was 1984. With the Winter Olympics fast approaching, Gemma (PenÚlope Cruz) was in Bosnia when she fell in love with dashing American photographer Diego (Emile Hirsch). Their passions burned bright during their brief time together, but shortly after Gemma voiced her desire to become a

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Margaret Mazzantini, Sergio Castellitto

Feb 25, 2014

$14.9k

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It's debatable whether the best love stories are also the "weirdest," as Emile Hirsch's character declares in "Twice Born." But they do require chemistry, the missing piece in his pairing with PenÚlope Cruz.

January 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Sergio Castellitto's film projects a tumultuous love story against the backdrop of the Bosnian War for independence, and then seems unaware that the foreground overshadows it in the worst possible way.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: The Wrap
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"Twice Born" chokes to death on its own melodrama.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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A magnificent performance from Penelope Cruz.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
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Yes, it's all as clunky and tasteless as the description suggests, and the awkward casting doesn't improve this overlong drama.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
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One odd movie, from the casting of its leads to its backdrop to its final twist.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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The type of cinematic slog one watches and thinks, 'This would actually be much more interesting as a book.' And that makes sense, really, since that's its original medium.

December 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Sergio Castellitto's film quickly turns out to be more interested in reveling in the secrets of its storyline than in its sentiments.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

This European production is thoroughly cheesy and phony, nowhere less so than in its florid, undeliverable dialogue, which sounds like it's been translated, poorly, from various languages into English.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro
Metro

Castellitto clings to the Duraflame fires within for Twice Born, a handsomely crafted but empty feature hoping to recreate Eastern European horror and soap opera intimacy.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
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When setting a love story in a war-torn environment, it's nice to actually recognize the who, what and why of the conflict.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

The viewer has to slog through countless scenes of the two people sulking and arguing, while warfare is tastefully represented in the background.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

It was doomed before the first scene was shot.

December 4, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

An old fashioned war romance that benefits from its third act surprises.

December 4, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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