Havana 1990

Havana

Critics Consensus

Handsomely produced and dramatically inert, Havana squanders its convincing recreation of pre-revolution Cuba by using it as a disconnected backdrop to a turgid romance.

28%

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Total Count: 25

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Jack Weil (Robert Redford), a professional gambler, enjoys the hedonistic lifestyle of Batista's Cuba, where he is organizing a crucial poker game that could make or break him. He meets seductive Bobby Duran (Lena Olin) and is surprised that she, a wealthy woman, is aiding Fidel Castro and his communist rebels. Apolitical Jack doesn't usually take sides, but after Bobby and her husband, Arturo (Raul Julia), are arrested, he contemplates risking everything to help their cause.

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Critic Reviews for Havana

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (18)

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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Elaborate visual mounting and iconographic placement of the romantic leads are the movie's preoccupation, with the overthrow of Batista merely providing local color.

    May 26, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Director Sydney Pollack and star Robert Redford have lost their normally dependable quality touch as they slog through a notably uncompelling $45 million-plus tale of a gringo caught up in the Cuban revolution.

    May 26, 2008 | Full Review…

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  • The whole thing lacks conviction.

    September 30, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • The glittering decadence of this culture on the verge of collapse is in fact the film's most fascinating aspect, and Mr. Pollack has re-created it extravagantly.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
  • Some fundamental things still do apply as time goes go by.

    May 12, 2001

Audience Reviews for Havana

  • Dec 02, 2010
    A wonderful well acted movie. It was sad at the end though whenever Jack & Bobby had to say goodbye.
    Cassie H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    Now that the flixster summary mentions it, the story in this movie is a lot like a Casablanca copycat. Anyway, I thought it was way too slow and dull, I didn't care a bit about the main character, he was so boring. The most interesting parts are skipped over, for example when Raul Julia's intriguing character is killed off quickly. And it just gets worse from there, changing from a thriller to a romance to a political drama and back again. It doesn't know where it's going.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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