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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The film is a moderately involving, oddly lighthearted look at the connection between love, obsession, and sacrifice that is somewhat marred by instances of overwrought acting and bad dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
I look forward to seeing it again, much as I would return to a favorite piece of music.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
How can a director of such sophistication, in a film of such stylistic grace, tell such a shallow and evasive story?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

E! Online
January 1, 2000
he overhanging bougainvillea and red tile roofs of Rome have rarely looked more inviting. Unfortunately, a tad more dramatic license would've helped move the story along.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
A peaceful and beautiful picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
It sort of grows on you, and seems more emotionally satisfying the more you think about it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Guy MacPherson
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Largely slow and uninteresting.
Full Review | Original Score: 64/100
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
It is fraught by unresolvable race, class and national identity issues.
Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
Though we have to suspend disbelief to accept her character as a medical student running through the rigors of that training in a language not her own, we accept the bond that has been formed between these two disparate individuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
A flawed gem.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 1, 2000
Elegantly structured and concisely told.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
An elemental love story told in gestures and intimations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Deserves acclaim only for its pleasant piano music.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Peter Henne
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
The frenetic editing and shaky framing, a combination so familiar from MTV, become in Bertolucci's hands something greater than sham documentary.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Completely satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
These aren't people; they're puppets, regardless of what Newton and Thewlis' mannered performances say.
Gemma Files
January 1, 2000
A movie calculated to throw you off balance from the very first image. It then keeps you off balance with each fresh twist and turn in this almost purely character-driven narrative.
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Bernardo Bertolucci's lavish visual ballet of awkward body language that features little dialogue and intense emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tor Thorsen
January 1, 2000
A gem.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Weekly
January 1, 2000
(Bertolucci) creates an awkward but intense intimacy, a film raw and delicate.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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