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Up at the Villa (2000)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 59
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 32

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


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 13

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



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A woman left alone by the death of her husband finds her love life has become suddenly and dangerously complicated in this drama. Mary Panton (Kristin Scott Thomas) is a British woman living in Italy in 1938 who has been financially ruined by the death of her husband. Edgar (James Fox), an aging diplomat, asks Mary for her hand in marriage, and while she doesn't love him, she longs for the security of a husband and asks for a few days to consider the proposal. The next evening, Mary is invited


Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense

Belinda Haas

May 1, 2001

Universal Pictures

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Up at the Villa has the flavor of one of those after-dinner yarns.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Got all the style it needs to go with those glorious Tuscan settings.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Kristin Scott Thomas is smashing.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Kristin Scott Thomas just makes an already annoying character--Mary is whiny and selfish--even more grating with her broad, overly mannered performance.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source:

Here's a tip for casting directors: If you want your female lead to be sympathetic, do not hire Kristen Scott Thomas.

June 18, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

To inject some comedy into this dull film Derek Jacobi has a small part as a drag queen...

April 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Unveils the different shades of love and the ways we can unsettle our lives through impulsive sex.

March 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A travelogue that would be nice were it not so difficult to stay awake.

February 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

If you're determined to see it, show up fifteen minutes late and avoid the slow getting-to-know-the-characters sequence.

September 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Could adultery be this boring?

January 1, 2000
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Scott Thomas and Penn do everything asked of them, but it just isn't quite enough to make this quaint little story into much of a movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

This film is full of pretty pictures, nice decorations and beautiful scenery, but lacks any palpable romance, tension or chemistry.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Ultimately, Up at the Villa falls flat because the 'intrigue' of this little drama is sorely lacking.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Whether it was simple nostalgia or something else that drew [the Haases] to Up at the Villa, it feels like the last shot fired in a war that was settled long, long ago.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

It's lovely and entertaining, especially for a love story, but it lacks any real drama and passion.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Citysearch

Drenched in overheated romance, decadence, and lightweight political intrigue, Up at the Villa clanks along for almost two hours.

January 1, 2000
New Times

Director Philip Haas would rather shoot pretty pictures than in any way disturb his actors or any potential viewer. In that manner, he's true to Maugham, but more in the way that the letter has aged, not the spirit in which it was conceived.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

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.
September 10, 2011

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!
September 14, 2007

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