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Under the Tuscan Sun Reviews

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Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
October 1, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
September 24, 2003
If you're looking for pretty, postcard-like settings, this movie offers plenty of them. If the narrative is more of a concern, you may find this film lacking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
March 16, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Eric D. Snider
September 26, 2003
If it were a half-hour shorter -- and thus better-focused, story-wise -- I would recommend it. As it stands, I have some beautiful mental snapshots of the scenery and the locals, but I can't imagine taking the trip again.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 26, 2003
It's like a music video of Helen Reddy's 'I Am Woman' filmed in the Chevy Chase Pottery Barn.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2003
The movie pretends it's peddling a vision of 'you-go-girl' independence in which it doesn't remotely believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
June 13, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
September 25, 2003
'Under the Tuscan Sun' is a mess from beginning to end and the only thing that saves it from complete disposability, besides the pretty scenery, is the presence of Diane Lane, who is funny and charming enough to briefly cover up the fact that she is in a
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
October 3, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
September 22, 2003
The laughter and tears are finely tuned for little over sixty minutes, but the maddening slide-scale narrative sees the film firmly entrenched in two-star territory by the time the lights come up.
| Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
September 23, 2003
A Harlequin novel of a movie, lent a pinch of unfabricated charisma by the long-underappreciated Diane Lane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Erik Childress
September 25, 2003
My exhibit M this year alone on why Gigli CAN'T be the worst film ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 7, 2003
Looked like a pic for tourists.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
January 13, 2004
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 30, 2004
While it starts very well indeed as a kind of blushing Shirley Valentine wannabe, the slide into syrup starts early on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 24, 2003
Every other character, including the house and the country it's built on, is a sidekick to Frances and her triumphant heroism on the road back to self-fulfillment.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
September 25, 2003
If the screen version of Under the Tuscan Sun doesn't make your mouth water or inspire you to price out flights to Italy, what's the point?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 25, 2003
Wells loads a cliched plot on Mayes' lighter-than-air memoir.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
September 25, 2003
The lovely vistas can't make up for the hackneyed story line.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 26, 2003
The adaptation of Mayes' book proves to be stronger on scenery than on convincing drama.
| Original Score: C+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Ronnie Scheib
March 27, 2009
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
October 4, 2003
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October 18, 2008
Cynthia Fuchs
September 27, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 27, 2003

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September 28, 2003

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