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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 4, 2010
Made for Italian TV, this modestly scaled, intimate drama about the relationship between a British musician and his African housekeeper is well acted by Thandie Newton and David Thewlis.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sandra Contreras
TV Guide
December 7, 2007
Maddening on many fronts and strangely wordless, Bernardo Bertolucci's purported love story breaks no new ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Derek Elley
Variety
December 7, 2007
Bertolucci and co-writer Clare Peploe seem intent on deconstructing the story's interesting elements at every turn, substituting woolliness for clarity, atmospherics for real emotion and an often condescending, armchair-liberal naivete for real political
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 10, 2006
Bertolucci conjures magic once again.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
It's a film about the limits of art, about civilization at this moment of flux, and about a gentle connection between a man and a woman.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
This is a deeply engrossing, often exquisite film by someone who knows visuals. It's sensory, sensual, handmade.
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
May 28, 2005
Visually creative filmmaking.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
One of the most accessible films to come from Bertolucci and shows the filmmakers deep understanding of his craft.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
December 28, 2004
Despite a vividly expressive performance by Newton, the lack of urgency equates to a lack of intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 8, 2004
A thinking audience's romance.
| Original Score: A-
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
An aesthetic treat for art film lovers. Everyone else should stay away.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A film full of hope, full of heart and full of simple rewards for the audience lucky enough to find it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Susan Green
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Bertolucci and co-writer Clare Peploe tell an intimate and painstaking tale that's complemented by exquisitely restrained acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
What an unexpected gift.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sally Chatsworth
Sight and Sound
March 5, 2002
Does this allusive, delicate story work? The answer is yes, provided you are sympathetic with what Bertolucci is trying to do.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002
A compelling drama about sacrificial love.
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 9, 2002
Besieged succeeds more triumphantly.
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Daniel Mangin
Salon.com
December 19, 2001
Given Bertolucci's impish leanings, the self-referential sequences may merely be gags. If so, they're among a half-dozen others that backfire.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
A film that combines a stunning sensuality with a rigorous economy.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A purposefully romantic exploration of the nonverbal connections between people that can blossom into love.
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