The English Patient Reviews

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September 11, 2020
Epically romantic stuff, with a welcome dose of modernism mixed up in an intriguing mystery.
February 4, 2020
If Minghella's debut feature Truly, Madly, Deeply was overrated -- a Ghost for the NW3 set -- this movie is a quantum leap towards cinema's potential for magic.
February 4, 2020
You can take your brain to The English Patient and you will not be insulted. Your eyes will not be offended either. This scarcely makes Minghella's film the best in the world; it just makes it loom large.
February 21, 2019
Whenever the movie's design seems too elaborate, too remote, it's the rare detail of these performances that redeems it.
February 21, 2019
Minghella doesn't so much adapt the novel as he translates it wondrously to a different medium, with its mysteries and passions intact.
February 21, 2019
...a deliberate, lengthy but always fascinating film...
February 21, 2019
Its performances are finely crafted with loving care.
February 19, 2019
This is a radical adaptation which transposes, re-assembles and deletes key elements of the novel to achieve a pure cinematic reinvent ion that is admirably adroit - and as distinctive a work of art as the book remains in its own right.
April 27, 2018
Its wit, sophistication and artistry never are at odds with the fundamental pull of a powerful love story that out-Zhivagos Doctor Zhivago because it respects love's mysteries, admits it doesn't know the heart's boundaries.
March 2, 2018
...a beautiful film. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 1, 2018
Relentlessly beautiful, but not quite stupifyingly so
March 1, 2018
Probably untranslatable to the screen. The English Patient is a noble try. But still a bore.
June 4, 2015
It is, after all, quite a lot of movie, two hours and 42 minutes' worth, and the more movie you have, the greater the chances that not all of it will work equally well.
February 22, 2015
It took a filmmaker with Anthony Minghella's vision to even attempt an adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient. And it took a filmmaker with Minghella's talent to pull it off.
February 22, 2015
Anthony Minghella believes in ghosts -- and, at his best, makes believers out of viewers, too.
January 7, 2014
Could this possibly be the Casablanca of the late 20th century?
January 6, 2014
It's the sort of solemn production that is often mentioned as an Academy Award contender.This says less about the quality of the film than it does about its self-consciously lofty tone and its sense of self-importance.
January 6, 2014
It's a tragically lovely story about the cruel devastation of selfish and ungoverned love. It's also one of the best movies in a long, long time.
January 6, 2014
It's an ambitious film and director Anthony Minghella's skill lies equally in his screenplay, which delivers explanation only in fragments but keeps us involved for what is an epic running time.
January 6, 2014
As a love story and an adventure story, The English Patient is the fastest, most powerful two hours and 40 minutes this year. It's terrific.
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