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Head in the Clouds Reviews

November 5, 2004
The story becomes a long slog because Duigan doesn't define his characters and because he's determined to touch too many of the familiar '30s European bases.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
October 22, 2004
The passion barely simmers, let alone rages, which may vex some viewers and will certainly confound the tabloids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 22, 2004
Great, gooey, hot-fudge sundae of a love story.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2004
There's plenty of eye candy -- gorgeous scenery, gorgeous costumes, gorgeous people -- to keep the viewer from minding (too much) the Olympic leaps of faith required to invest in the film's plot.
October 22, 2004
A snooze, despite all the sex and other gunplay.
October 15, 2004
You might not think it would be easy to make a dull film about love, war and a bisexual threesome, but Head in the Clouds manages this task efficiently despite a couple of decent performances from Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 15, 2004
Soft-focus, softheaded mush.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 14, 2004
Unfortunately, the movie's unwieldy, episodic structure undercuts Theron's impressive performance.
Read More | Original Score: C+
October 7, 2004
The love story rates a B, while the drama is a C at best. Granted, the adventure part perks up to an A-minus, but you have to wade through two-thirds of the movie to get there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 1, 2004
It sometimes appears to have been designed deliberately as an encyclopedia of clichés.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 1, 2004
Catastrophically overdone.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 1, 2004
An ambitious, if uneven, tale of passionate lovers from 1933 to 1945.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 1, 2004
This wartime epic is so full of silly scenes and clichéd dialogue that its attempts to look classy could be likened to seeking a place for a whoopie cushion in the heart of the Louvre.
Read More | Original Score: D+
October 1, 2004
Duigan gets the costumes right and the emotion wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 1, 2004
It wants to be a hard-panting melodrama, with spies and sex and love and death, and there are times when a movie like this is exactly what you feel like indulging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2004
Head in the Clouds may be beautiful, but it has little soul.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 30, 2004
Townsend seemed to me ill-matched as a romantic hero: way too moony-eyed and mushy to cope with the likes of the towering Theron and torchy Cruz.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 24, 2004
Fans of luxe art direction and Merchant-Ivory productions will enjoy this picture. But where's the challenge? Even the steamy material seems well- mannered, and what good is that?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 24, 2004
A relentlessly overripe melodrama that takes place in movie-Europe as opposed to the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 20, 2004
... a little too uneven.
September 19, 2004
A stodgy snooze, and Theron, who is about as expressive here as a porcelain doll, lacks all believability.
September 18, 2004
Makes you wish that Duigan had either worked to make the film believable as serious drama or gone unabashedly for tear-jerking.
September 17, 2004
For all the hot sex and fevered politics, the movie is remarkably blah, a generic rush of attractive actors in compromising positions.
September 17, 2004
For much of its two-hour running time Head in the Clouds lacks freshness and vitality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 17, 2004
An overlong melodrama- by-numbers, existing mainly to give Theron a backdrop against which to smoke and brood in a series of elegant period outfits.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 17, 2004
An implausible story that enfolds kinky sex with nationalistic fervor.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 16, 2004
In the wake of Saving Private Ryan, The Pianist and the mini-series Band of Brothers, this pulpy, sex-drenched wartime epic seems frivolous, quaint and foolishly prurient.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 16, 2004
A World War II-era film that has no plot, and no discernible point, until the Nazis march in, sometime during Act 73.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 16, 2004
It's the kind of undemanding weepie, at once calculating and guileless, that could make your Saturday night.
September 16, 2004
A World War II melodrama of epic silliness and supreme vapidity.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 16, 2004
Wooden and endless; it's like Cabaret without the cabaret.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
September 14, 2004
I remember best [Gilda's] mutable hair, which went from a bob to a wave to a longish Angelina Jolie coif.
September 3, 2004
A lively, plush but unconvincing potboiler cobbled from familiar pieces of better films.