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

October 23, 2008
The Unknown Woman falters when it falls into exploitation and fatal contrivance.
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.
September 19, 2008
Plays like a cross between Hitchcock and tabloid feminism, a mix that shouldn't work and doesn't.
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.
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
June 26, 2008
Meet the filmmaker that [Tornatore] is today -- sadomasochistic fantasist, exploiter of women and cheesy Hitchcock imitator.
May 30, 2008
An unstable concoction of political melodrama, film noir, and weepie.
May 30, 2008
It gets more and more ridiculous and unbelievable as it goes along, and the final scene is shamelessly manipulative.
May 30, 2008
A riveting lead performance by Rappoport [...] overshadowed by the more frequent potboiler preposterousness.
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
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."
May 9, 2008
This is a case where style has not only trumped substance, but negated it as well.
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.