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Head in the Clouds Reviews

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
October 22, 2004
Great, gooey, hot-fudge sundae of a love story.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 22, 2004
A snooze, despite all the sex and other gunplay.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 15, 2004
Soft-focus, softheaded mush.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 14, 2004
Unfortunately, the movie's unwieldy, episodic structure undercuts Theron's impressive performance.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 1, 2004
It sometimes appears to have been designed deliberately as an encyclopedia of clichés.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 1, 2004
Catastrophically overdone.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
October 1, 2004
An ambitious, if uneven, tale of passionate lovers from 1933 to 1945.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
October 1, 2004
Duigan gets the costumes right and the emotion wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Charles Ealy
Dallas Morning News
September 30, 2004
Head in the Clouds may be beautiful, but it has little soul.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 20, 2004
... a little too uneven.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 19, 2004
A stodgy snooze, and Theron, who is about as expressive here as a porcelain doll, lacks all believability.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
September 17, 2004
An implausible story that enfolds kinky sex with nationalistic fervor.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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
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John Anderson
Newsday
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
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 16, 2004
It's the kind of undemanding weepie, at once calculating and guileless, that could make your Saturday night.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 16, 2004
A World War II melodrama of epic silliness and supreme vapidity.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 16, 2004
Wooden and endless; it's like Cabaret without the cabaret.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Ed Park
Village Voice
September 14, 2004
I remember best [Gilda's] mutable hair, which went from a bob to a wave to a longish Angelina Jolie coif.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
September 3, 2004
A lively, plush but unconvincing potboiler cobbled from familiar pieces of better films.