La Sconosciuta (The Unknown) (The Other Woman)

Critics Consensus

If it's occasionally manipulative, this Italian melodrama mixes thriller conventions with a poignant love story and keeps the tension rolling from start to finish.



Total Count: 40


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A Ukrainian woman calculatedly insinuates herself into the life of an Italian family.


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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (13)

  • Tornatore, best known for Cinema Paradiso, has meticulously crafted a story that's at times so raw it hurts to watch. Its action blends piercingly lit flashbacks and dream sequences with a gray, prosaic present in an unnamed Italian city.

    Oct 24, 2008 | Rating: 3/4
  • The Unknown Woman falters when it falls into exploitation and fatal contrivance.

    Oct 23, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The film has major problems blending the strong social theme of exploitation and white slavery with Tornatore's noirish screenplay, full of holes and improbabilities.

    Oct 18, 2008

    Deborah Young

    Top Critic
  • Plays like a cross between Hitchcock and tabloid feminism, a mix that shouldn't work and doesn't.

    Sep 19, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • A spellbinder with a lot of Hitchcock touches and an Ennio Morricone score to match.

    Aug 15, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The whole movie hangs on the gradual unraveling of the central mystery and is made with the expectation that the audience is fascinated and hanging on every tidbit. But Tornatore overplays his hand.

    Jul 25, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for La Sconosciuta (The Unknown) (The Other Woman)

  • Jul 26, 2012
    For me, it turned out to be an average thriller, with okay performances. That you can see the twist coming was not as much a problem as its pacing. Relatively necessary sequences were rushed through, while hardly important scenes were allotted unnecessarily more time. Besides, the over-exposure was exceedingly forced in with the "script's requirement" excuse. Other than that, it's quite watchable; just hope enough is left. Thankfully, it ain't thoroughly disappointing, and has a few moments.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2012
    I found this movie a little odd. A little disturbing. A little confusing....and just not very well written, in my opinion. Too many loose ends, also.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2010
    Wow! Intense drama that kept me wondering what was going to happen next. One of the best foreign movies I have seen that has the most intriguing story line. Intense and dramatic. I loved it!
    Donna D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2009
    Giuseppe Tornatore returns yet again after 7 years of long absense to present another movie to the world. La Sconosciuta is dark, mysterious (at least for the first half of it) and tragic. Any information on the story may be a spoiler so i'll skip to salute the wonderful directorial work and screenplay from Tornatore. This isn't by any means even close to Cinema Paradiso, his chef-d'oeuvre, his masterpiece, his jewel ; but it's still one very good movie. it's very well made, trigging the audiance into an unknown path, working out the mystery of maid Irena. You will never know where the film is going, because you never know what Irena is up to, til the closing minutes. If you're in for some mysterious thriller, look no further.
    Raja N Super Reviewer

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