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

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 26, 2008
Meet the filmmaker that [Tornatore] is today -- sadomasochistic fantasist, exploiter of women and cheesy Hitchcock imitator.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 31, 2008
The Unknown Woman begins the same way director Giuseppe Tornatore's last film, Malena, operated throughout: by ogling a fine female form.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Prairie Miller
May 20, 2008
Wanting it both ways, Tornatore presents the tragedy of sex slavery, while lavishly eroticizing it. And without a clue about female desires or dreams, whether sex slaves, servants or hysterical psychos, beyond their sexual apparatus. Unknown Woman, indeed
Cole Smithey
May 10, 2008
From its silly exploitation treatment of prostitution and sexual bondage you'd never imagine that Giuseppe Tornatore, the same director who created the magnificent "Cinema Paradiso," made "The Unknown Woman."
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 25, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 19, 2008
Plays like a cross between Hitchcock and tabloid feminism, a mix that shouldn't work and doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
May 9, 2008
This is a case where style has not only trumped substance, but negated it as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 27, 2008
Postures as empathetic while getting its leading lady out of her skivvies -- there's nothing bold about taking a stance against human trafficking
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 30, 2008
It gets more and more ridiculous and unbelievable as it goes along, and the final scene is shamelessly manipulative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
May 30, 2008
A riveting lead performance by Rappoport [...] overshadowed by the more frequent potboiler preposterousness.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 30, 2008
An unstable concoction of political melodrama, film noir, and weepie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Deborah Young
October 18, 2008
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.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 23, 2008
The Unknown Woman falters when it falls into exploitation and fatal contrivance.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 15, 2008
A spellbinder with a lot of Hitchcock touches and an Ennio Morricone score to match.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
October 23, 2008
Tornatore's instincts for crafting a stylish, nonlinear thriller are indisputable. But he's not yet a master, and at times you'll feel cheated even as you anticipate the next disquieting scene.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 29, 2008
A restless, panicked, devastating emotional roller coaster, meticulously planned and executed like a razor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
June 5, 2008
The Unknown Woman gets by on sheer guts and style.
Christopher Null
May 6, 2009
a movie that's almost impossible to get out of your head.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 12, 2007
Classy but hardly enjoyable Giallo thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
December 21, 2007
Cria uma atmosfera tensa e envolvente durante a maior parte do tempo, mas, lamentavelmente, se perde de maneira absurda em seus minutos finais.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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