La Sconosciuta (The Unknown) (The Other Woman) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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

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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 24, 2008
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Deborah Young
Variety
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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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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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
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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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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2008
Everyday incidents trigger in Irena alternately sweet and horrific memories, and these become like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle that is completed only when the film concludes, at last revealing its full meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 26, 2008
Meet the filmmaker that [Tornatore] is today -- sadomasochistic fantasist, exploiter of women and cheesy Hitchcock imitator.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 30, 2008
An exceptionally well-made example of the kind of delirious, semi-Gothic, overcooked melodrama filmmakers from the Boot have long specialized in.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 30, 2008
[A] baroquely lurid and undeniably fascinating exercise in pulp with a political angle.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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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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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 30, 2008
Just under two hours, sumptuously photographed in noirish shades and slathered in spine-tingling music by Ennio Morricone, it twists every which way to sustain suspense until the final frame.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
May 28, 2008
The melodrama form allows Tornatore to examine such current issues as human trafficking and black-market babies within a yarn that, for all its sentiment, is never less than gripping.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
May 9, 2008
Rappoport is the movie's saving grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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