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November 8, 2018
Without the slightest question, one of the very greatest films of all time. DO NOT LISTEN to the laughable negative comments dumped here. The people who get this film require no explanation about its greatness. Rather, I will point out the FACT that the people who bash this film to such an absurd degree are not to be taken seriously. Some of them are even quoting some dialogue from the Seinfeld show, where Elaine says it's long and boring. Most of these "reviews" are coming from people who had to have seen the film either on their cellphones or tablets, or small screens in their homes. The attention span of today's humans is abhorrently short. The venom by some of these people proves they could not stretch their minds out of their usual comfort zones to allow for something a little bit newer and more powerful than usual. Did we see the same film? Or did they watch on their smartphones with headphones on a plane or train? Or loafing about their homes. The detractors write such crap as if they literally watched the worst movie they've ever seen in their lives. Some actually state that. Such people must immediately be dismissed as having credible opinions.

It's amazing to me how today's viewers can proclaim a film is long, but yet sit through 100s of hours of a single TV series, "binging" their lives away over material that moves at a literal snail's pace. We all have opinions and our own personal tastes of course, but I believe The English Patient's polarized opinions only mean that the people who hate it simply did not understand its greatness. They dismiss factors that are truly ingenious, such as the brilliant use of flashbacks. They fail to see and appreciate the endless great facets right before their faces, because they simply don't get it. They can't appreciate true beauty and creativity. For these people, nothing in the film has any redeeming quality, simply because it was "long and boring" or because they didn't like the characters. For those reasons, they completely overlook the myriad of truly astounding elements that won them nearly a hundred awards, including 9 Oscars. (And I couldn't care less about awards. If the film won zero awards, my opinion wouldn't change.) These angry people who allegedly wasted time watching this film failed to notice what the admirers notice. Every scene is masterful. The direction, the staging, the sets, the cinematography, the unprecedentedly great music, the acting, the charming and essential subplots, the simplicity, the brilliant story. Those of us who love the film probably wouldn't change a thing. I was sucked in every moment by the sheer excellence of all these elements. I was never bored in the slightest, yet I find many films boring, where truly nothing happens. People need to redefine the words "nothing happens," because this film doesn't even come close to so many acclaimed films today where critics and viewers admit "nothing happens." It's often considered a GOOD thing these days, inexplicably. The English Patient is not one of those films. We are given something fascinating to hang onto every minute.

I find it disturbing and very telling of our society today that one of the greatest artistic achievements in cinema could be bashed in any fashion. Every scene expertly overlaps into the next. From the opening credits to the last moment, there is something creative going on. The story is EPIC. It's exciting, tragic, suspenseful. The historical factor of seeing a riveting WW2 story in its exotic location is alone worth the "price of admission." What has happened to our society where people no longer look upon cinema as a means of escaping one's normal existence? What are people looking for that they have to attack a film with the power to transport one to another world? I believe many people might be merely echoing what they have heard from others about the film, or from Seinfeld, and they never gave it a chance without prejudice. (If people think The English Patient is boring and long, what must they think about The Thin Red Line, or 2001 A Space Odyssey, or Barry Lyndon? Or hundreds and hundreds of other celebrated films by excellent directors?)

A film's length should be whatever it takes to tell the story in the MANNER you wish to tell it. The film has it's own VOICE, and it didn't swerve from it once. So few films have this anymore. The director/writer wanted to take his time to get it right. I personally can't imagine a single scene removed. And I found that the 2 hours 40 minutes went by in a flash. I've watched the film many times and never feel any "length." The claim that the film is "boring" defies any explanation for me. I have tried to understand what people mean by that, and I just can't.

The film has all the elements of a classic drama. It plays like a romantic opera plot or a Shakespearean drama. When I first saw it, I was so engrossed, waiting to see where the story was going. The speed picks up to a lightning pace toward the end, as we find out what happened. The two time periods are quickly fused and the past and present stories reach their zenith at the same time. Both climaxes occur simultaneously in a stunning finale. How on earth is that boring? Not only is it not boring, I found it to be one of the greatest climaxes I've ever seen anywhere. And a brief coda brings it all LITERALLY full circle, but this time we have the full story when we gaze upon the plane with the two passengers. We then see one final scene with pine trees resembling the paint strokes of the cave dwellers. It's one of most breathtaking endings in film history. Yet this is boring to some people. Unbelievable.

Do NOT listen to the scathing reviews. These people have lost their minds. The film is a masterpiece of a sublime originality. Open yourself up, and sit down and don't get up. Commit to watching it, with a big enough screen, and good volume, and no distractions. And please don't watch it if you really think the film topic or setting is something you aren't attracted to for whatever reason. You have to have at least some interest in the genre. Every film is not for everyone. But to viciously attack a masterful film is distressing, and extremely negative unjust comments keep away potential viewers who might appreciate a masterful film.
October 8, 2018
I love this movie more each time I see it. The emotions are often restrained by each character but boils over and comes off realistically. Love is shown in different stages for the different characters. Visually stunning and beautifully acted.
½ October 8, 2018
Three and a half hours of your life you won't get back. Don't do it!
½ July 10, 2018
I walked out of this movie within the first half hour when it as first shown in cinemas... something I've done that less than a handful of times in four decades of cinema going. If you like most mainstream war/romance/drama films, then you might like this movie. I find all those genre types generally quite boring, so it's no surprise that I hated this film as much as Elaine did in one episode of Seinfeld.
½ June 21, 2018
The English Patient is a 1996 American romantic war drama film directed by Anthony Minghella.
AAW GGWD 1001
½ May 16, 2018
I'm not a hard guy to entertain. This is the most boring movie I ever tried to sit through. This has got to be the least entertaining movie ever made.
½ April 26, 2018
Too long and drawn out. He would not die...
April 22, 2018
The 69th Academy Award Best Picture winner, famous for the excellent performances of Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas and the Oscar winner Juliette Binoche in which a badly burned man, Laszlo de Almasy, is tended to by a nurse in an Italian monastery near the end of World War II. His past is revealed through flashbacks involving a married Englishwoman and his work mapping the African landscape. Winner of 9 out of 12 nominations, it is perhaps excessively long but it is a good romantic drama, whose novel could be worthy of reading.
½ April 16, 2018
Worst movie I've ever seen in my life
½ April 7, 2018
and you never want to talk..

The English Patient

Few high pitched dramatic sequences are shot so beautifully that it is almost impossible not to be moved by it but ticking for around 160 minutes the build of the scrutiny is chewed off way too much before it even hits the screen. Anthony Minghella's adaptation isn't smart enough to match its brilliant execution skills that helps connect the dots no matter how much time it consumes. Ralph Fiennes is brilliant in his portrayal and is supported thoroughly by a great supporting cast like Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe and Colin Firth. The English Patient is a character driven feature where it goes boldly to a dark place and still somehow manages to keep it beautiful and filled with hope where the key lies onto its moving performance.
March 30, 2018
The English Patient makes my 100 best films list!
March 8, 2018
"The English Patient" is another example that proves if you want to win Best Picture at the Oscars, make the longest, most boring melodrama the film gods will give you the strength to make.
March 1, 2018
Takes ages to get going, but an excellent last 45 minutes makes up for it.

(However it?s hard to watch Ralph Fiennes in prosthetics and not see Voldemort, and there are quite a few pervy Weinsteinesque touches...)
½ February 24, 2018
Best picture. 1001 movies to see before you die.
½ January 29, 2018
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½ September 4, 2017
The English Patient didn't have enough story to fill in it's length, the romance was a bit underwhelming too. The performances were fantastic though and the script well written. The English Patient is a beautiful looking film and has plenty of excellent moments.
½ August 7, 2017
Despite featuring brilliant acting, a brilliant soundtrack and an emotional wartime story unlike often seen, The English Patient is unfortunately a slow-burner and, at times, it seems like this could have been trimmed ever so slightly. There isn't enough happening with their relationship, aside from getting together, being together and abruptly ending, to be able to withstand the time limit, and in the present Willem Dafoe's arc and the romance between Kip and Hana isn't, ironically, afforded enough time for it to merit too much emotional interest. A finely put-together movie, but with its flaws.
July 7, 2017
Expected more but the performances were breathtaking !
½ April 8, 2017
The Casablanca of the late 20th Century? No. Not so much sterile, affected and regular, but passionate, poetic and powerful. Minghella' inspired adaptation of Ondaatje's novel is the finest romantic epic i have ever seen.
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