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Kráska v Nesnázích (Beauty in Trouble) Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 16, 2011
Offers an uncanny soap opera story that turns weird.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
April 17, 2009
The movie begins with a flood that threatens Prague literally; it ends with a flood of emotions that threaten to undermine a potentially happy relationship.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
April 10, 2009
All the characters in Petr Jarchovsky's screenplay are drawn in shades of gray. The result isn't so much a morality play as an amorality play.
| Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 4, 2009
Excellent ensemble dramedy, which avoids mawkishness while keeping its characters complex and treating even the least likable of them with a welcome degree of empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
April 3, 2009
While this seems like familiar territory, in the hands of director Jan Hrebejk and his longtime screenwriting partner, Petr Jarchovský, it's an engrossing, layered story of the ill-fitting choices and compromises everyone makes.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 20, 2009
The filmmakers seem more interested in running the camera over Marcela's body than really figuring out who she is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 12, 2009
Beauty in Trouble uses another kind of catastrophe to reveal the true nature of its central characters.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
February 9, 2009
Petr Jarchovsý's script is elliptical, building the story through a succession of small scenes whose import is not always immediately obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
December 19, 2008
[A] well-observed tale, one with no heroes or villains, just people trying to make something of the situations in which they find themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
December 18, 2008
For a class-conscious farce that's at least serious enough to borrow its title from Robert Graves, it's impressively unaffected and utterly watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 9, 2008
Impressive for its mastery, intelligence, and ambition in juggling intricate plot strands and memorable characters.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 9, 2008
This is the kind of film that achieves one simple but difficult thing: It pleases you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 18, 2008
Comedy and chemistry make for an intoxicating mix in this acerbic, knowing character study from Czech director Jan Hrebejk and screenwriter Petr Jarchovsky.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 10, 2008
Characters burst out laughing in the middle of sadness or decide to have sex in the middle of a fight, and somehow, it all makes sense.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 1, 2008
Deeply affecting and darkly amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
August 1, 2008
It's enthralling, human drama of the kind that's become sort of an old school pleasure.
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
August 1, 2008
Featuring an earthy performance of strength, intelligence and vulnerability by Ana Geislerova, Hrebejkâ(TM)s film generates powerful interest and empathy, thanks to the plight of its central character.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
July 27, 2008
A love story that holds out happiness as a carrot dangled but never obtained. Too busy, but still lush with the loving work of director Jan Hrebejk.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Leighton Walter Kille
Boston Globe
July 18, 2008
This being a Czech film, drama, comedy, history, and social commentary are served up in equal proportion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 17, 2008
Beauty in Trouble offers a meditation on the legacies of communism and the lure of capitalism, but also on the human need for love, connection and family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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