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James Berardinelli
June 14, 2004
Probably best skipped -- unless you have a penchant for shallow, 'comfortable' foreign films that offer obvious messages and never attempt to challenge the viewer.
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 23, 2004
The mysteries begin to clear up and the movie goes to hell.
| Original Score: 2/4
Kent Turner
June 18, 2004
As in [director] Ozpetek's last film, His Secret Life (Le Fate Ignoranti), issues are too easily and abruptly resolved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 2, 2004
Its easily digestible lessons on life failed to stimulate my more hard-edged appetite.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 25, 2004
Beautiful to look at and acted with full and tempestuous conviction, it still seems to be taking place in an apartment far across the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 9, 2004
It's ultimately as soft and hollow as fresh-baked Italian bread.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 16, 2004
This glossy veneer of artificiality, handled masterfully in the films of Douglas Sirk, Todd Haynes and Pedro Almodovar, doesn't feel classic here so much as cheesy.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 23, 2004
| Original Score: C+
Boyd van Hoeij
August 17, 2005
Cast and production values are serviceable but bland and there are some hiccoughs in the story, making this intriguing film perhaps best suited for a viewing on DVD at home.
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Doug Hennessy
July 13, 2004
The "follow your bliss" message is groan-worthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 5, 2004
A case study of a film that opens well enough, promises much, changes horses in midstream, and sinks.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 20, 2004
Aspires to be a self-actualization session for stifled wives, a plea for gay rights, a Holocaust story and a class in pastry appreciation, all at once...
| Original Score: 2/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
May 28, 2004
Ozpetek's "fairy tale" hopes to get by on the good looks of its actors alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 18, 2004
Gets off to a worthy start, but falls apart about halfway through.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
June 15, 2004
Blends past and present to draw some utterly stupefying parallels.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
June 17, 2004
Structurally, it's ambitious, but emotionally the movie never quite connects.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
June 18, 2004
As each incongruous motif is layered on like so much thematic frosting, the tummy ache grows.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
June 29, 2004
This too-sentimental drama does feature a sterling performance by Giovanna Mezzogiorno as a love-struck housewife dissatisfied with her lot, thus providing the only watchable element of an otherwise disappointing movie.
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
July 3, 2004
A long film that is short on payoff.
| Original Score: 2/4
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