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Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 149
Fresh: 92 | Rotten: 57

Though formulaic and superficial, Under the Tuscan Sun is redeemed by Lane's vibrant performance.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 15

Though formulaic and superficial, Under the Tuscan Sun is redeemed by Lane's vibrant performance.



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A woman starts her life over with a new home in a new land in this romantic comedy drama . Frances (Diane Lane) is a writer in her mid-'30s who feels emotionally derailed after her divorce. Unhappy and unable to write, she isn't sure what to do with her life, and her best friend Patti (Sandra Oh) decides she needs some time away from her problems. With that in mind, Patti gives Frances a ticket for a two-week tour of the Tuscany region of Italy; while there, Frances finds a dilapidated old


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Audrey Wells

Feb 3, 2004


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All Critics (157) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (92) | Rotten (57) | DVD (31)

The epitome of what a feel-good movie is supposed to be but rarely is, this one is beautiful to look at and life-affirming to think about, and it doesn't have a pretentious bone in its head.

October 16, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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The movie is sweet but deeply suspect: It's like Lost Horizon re-imagined by a realtor.

September 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Slate
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... some of the most beautiful photography in any film I've seen this year.

September 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Under the Tuscan Sun pretends to be juicy, but it doesn't allow any dribbles. It purports to make love all over us, but not without laying down lots of paper towels first.

September 28, 2003 Full Review Source:
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Has about as much in common with Frances Mayes as it does with Willie Mays, but it does have the marvelous Diane Lane.

September 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It is a glorious refreshment to spend time with characters who aren't twenty-something eye bait, someone's virtuous, whiny wife or other reductive archetypes.

September 26, 2003
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"Under the Tuscan Sun" is an amiable film that, in the tradition of escapist fiction, provides a nice, scenic getaway with just enough drama to keep the story from getting stagnant.

July 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Offers Americans the ultimate fantasy vacation. It's a beautiful, sunny, fresh air trip to Europe without the jet lag, language problems, money problems, or any other trivialities.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Not much for teens in this book adaptation.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

a romantic abomination wherein the main character's best friend is a pregnant Asian lesbian who comes to Italy to visit and ends up ruining the story's only semi-romantic aspect, and extends its painful length for an extra half-hour in the process.

June 13, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

An enjoyable, entertaining odyssey with beautiful landscapes, a fun mood, and a charming performance from the always sexy Diane Lane.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Fans of Diane Lane ... should be happy with what amounts to a glowing vehicle for her.

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source: lightweight and fluffy as the premise might've indicated.

October 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Diane Lane is charming in this witty but difficult adventure.

July 20, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

En la vida real la gente no suele ser tan impulsiva. Por eso películas como ésta son disfrutables: nos ofrecen la fantasía de lo que sería nuestra vida si nos animáramos.

May 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Desmoronando a partir da metade da projeção, o filme se beneficia apenas da sedutora performance de Lane, da bela fotografia e das maravilhosas locações.

March 13, 2004
Cinema em Cena

I swear, I thought Dr Phil was going to come out of an olive grove and yell,'You've got to get over this guy, lady! Take control of your life!'

March 8, 2004 Full Review Source:

You won't learn anything about Italian culture that hasn't already reverberated throughout the west

March 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The movie is frothy and light and hasn't a brain in its head, but it's so beautiful to look at and so positive and uplifting, it's hard not to like.

February 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

While it starts very well indeed as a kind of blushing Shirley Valentine wannabe, the slide into syrup starts early on.

January 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The only real depth here is in Lane's ability to convey lingering heartache despite having little call to do so from the script.

January 15, 2004 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Under the Tuscan Sun goes for the picture postcard look-and-feel and it succeeds admirably, a flighty contrivance that's thin, lightweight, and instantly disposable.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf
Movie Boeuf

A warm and luminous film.

November 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Diane Lane was terrific.

November 2, 2003 Full Review
Broomfield Enterprise

The clear and simple plot is bogged down by too many characters and too many clichés.

October 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Audience Reviews for Under the Tuscan Sun

This is a cliched and silly chick flick, but the performances are not too bad, and the scenery is quite nice. It's not terrible, but it's also not really my type of movie. Having been to Tuscany though, I can say this movie actually meant something to me, and hell, it's a bit entertaining, and surprisingly not boring. Again though, this film really didn't stand out for me.
October 4, 2011
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Cliched, but thankfully not too boring. It's been said that the movie is hardly similar to the memoir on which it's based, and that the memoir in itself (which includes recipes for most of the part) is quite boring (why am I not surprised?). Nevertheless, it was a NYT BS for more than 2 years!!! When I finished watching the movie, I was quite disappointed. But when I realized that it's based on such a boring (surely, some people will have a contradictory opinion) memoir, I felt somewhat relieved.

Although (or should is be "Since") the movie had *several* cliches thrown in, and a love story added to heighten the dramatic effect, it still failed to rise above the average fare. Can't recommend.
May 6, 2011

Super Reviewer

Optimistic but not blindly so. It takes small steps and much heartbreak to get where you want and need to be.
January 18, 2009

Super Reviewer

    1. Katherine: Never lose your childish innocence. It is the most important thing.
    – Submitted by Rachel B (18 months ago)
    1. Frances Mayes: When she falls in love marcelo.
    – Submitted by Katherine R (19 months ago)
    1. Frances Mayes: They say they built the train tracks over the Alps before there was a train that could make the trip. They built it anyway. They knew one day the train would come. Any arbitrary turning along the way,and I would be elsewhere. I would be different. What are four walls, anyway? They are what they contain.The house protects the dreamer. Unthinkably good things can happen, even late in the game. and I would be elsewhere.
    – Submitted by Abigael Joy M (2 years ago)
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