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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
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
January 1, 2000
Deserves acclaim only for its pleasant piano music.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
January 1, 2000
These aren't people; they're puppets, regardless of what Newton and Thewlis' mannered performances say.
May 20, 2003
An aesthetic treat for art film lovers. Everyone else should stay away.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Largely slow and uninteresting.
Full Review | Original Score: 64/100
January 1, 2000
It is fraught by unresolvable race, class and national identity issues.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
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
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
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
January 1, 2000
I look forward to seeing it again, much as I would return to a favorite piece of music.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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+
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
January 1, 2000
(Bertolucci) creates an awkward but intense intimacy, a film raw and delicate.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
January 1, 2000
a master filmmaker at the peak of his powers...celluloid poetry
March 4, 2002
A compelling drama about sacrificial love.
October 8, 2004
A thinking audience's romance.
| Original Score: A-
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+
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