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The English Patient Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 6, 2014
The English Patient is a modern movie that breathes vivid new life into the cliches of old-fashioned motion pictures, recalling a time when movies were graceful, complex and leisurely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 6, 2014
The English Patient's considerable pleasures are chiefly aesthetic, not emotional.
January 6, 2014
This World War II romantic drama has the epic feel of classic cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 6, 2014
The film doesn't gather the emotional momentum that would make it compelling as well as impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 6, 2014
The film is a smashing success on its own terms, though as a transcendent love story it lacks the firm foundation in human reality that characterizes Lars Von Trier's superior Breaking the Waves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 6, 2014
When the movie penetrates to the heart of their buried past, Patient becomes even stronger, stranger, grander -- a threnody beneath a cloudless desert sky.
February 24, 2013
Films this good don't come along very often -- The English Patient is one to savour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 24, 2013
With its fine acting, sumptuous visuals and levels of intrigue, The English Patient boasts the elements of something greater than a love story. Too bad it devotes them to something less than a great love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2013
The triumph of the film lies not just in the force and range of the performances, but in Minghella's creation of an intimate epic: vast landscapes mingle with the minute details of desire, and the combination is transfixing.
December 7, 2011
A film about how war messes up the lives of good men and women, it's the best kind of romance -- one that leaves room for the audience to feel something, too.
March 13, 2008
Overlong and stifling high-class desert war story that mixes a tearjerker romance with a beguiling mystery story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 29, 2008
Out of each of these uprooted characters are spun stories of love, loyalty and betrayal.
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