Up at the Villa (2000)



Critic Consensus: A poor script and an aimless plot keep this film from engaging the audience.

Movie Info

In this drama based on a story by W. Somerset Maugham, Mary Panton (Kristin Scott Thomas) is a widow from England who is staying at a villa in Italy in 1938. As war spreads throughout Europe, she finds herself drawn into a web of espionage after she falls in love with an American agent (Sean Penn). Also featuring Anne Bancroft, James Fox, and Derek Jacobi, Up at the Villa was directed and written by the husband and wife team of Phillip Haas and Belinda Haas.

Rating: PG-13 (Thematic elements.)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Belinda Haas
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 1, 2001
Universal Pictures



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Critic Reviews for Up at the Villa

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (26)

IF Keenan Ivory Wayans had directed this movie, it would have probably been called Up at the Villa, the English Patient on the Razor's Edge wrote The Letter. It also would have probably been a lot more entertaining than this wan adaptation.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

The story line, full of malevolent fascists and romantic entanglements, isn't particularly invigorating.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

For novelty value, you can do worse than seeing Sean Penn in a rare chance to don evening-wear on screen, but this isn't a sight to sustain a two-hour haul.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

The question is, why should audiences care? Apart from some beautiful scenic photography, this film gives them little reason to.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Up at the Villa is just lots of silly intrigue.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Beauty and bloodlessness battle it out in every frame of Villa, and no one comes out a winner.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Up at the Villa

I had almost forgotten how dashing Sean Penn used to be quite a few years ago. The combination of Kristin Scott Thomas, and Sean Penn, is quite good in this nice little period drama. Slow moving...but nice.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

I found the movie interesting. Mary has problems. She has no money, and she has been unlucky in marriage. She is proposed to by an Englishman quite a bit older than her. Now does she marry for convenience or not. Of course a young Sean Penn complicates things, and a local immigrant complicates things even more!

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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