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Empire Magazine
May 26, 2008
The central pair's shattering, once-in-a-lifetime passion cries out for more urgency and emotional power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
May 26, 2008
Handsomely produced, with a typically mesmerizing performance by Redford, alas this fails to exploit its intriguing political background and ends up being more of a routine and ineffective romance.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 26, 2008
Elaborate visual mounting and iconographic placement of the romantic leads are the movie's preoccupation, with the overthrow of Batista merely providing local color.

TV Guide
May 26, 2008
Unfortunately, against that impressive backdrop, Pollack mounts a film that is lifeless and slow-moving, offering neither a compelling love story nor a tense tale of a city in turmoil.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
May 26, 2008
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.
Clint Morris
Moviehole
April 19, 2008
Another top-notch effort from Pollack.
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 22, 2008
Mediocre Redford drama set in Cuba of semi-old, directed OK by Pollack.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Time Out
September 30, 2006
The whole thing lacks conviction.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 30, 2004
An old-fashioned and bittersweet tale about romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 11, 2004
It drips with class and craftsmanship, but the magic is not there
| Original Score: 2/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Some fundamental things still do apply as time goes go by.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
At best, Pollack achieves a counterfeit sense of this atmosphere. But he insists on continuing the card game anyway, an over-extended misdeal of a movie that refuses to fold.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The lesson: Get into practice before remaking a classic. And until then, here's not looking at you, kids.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Superficial, contrived and talky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Yu might as well look at the background; you are not missing much in the foreground.
Full Review | Original Score: 0 out of -4..+4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
October 20, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 28, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 18, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
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