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Mona Lisa Reviews

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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It's like watching the departure of an ocean liner. After all of the initial excitement, you're left on the dock, alone, wondering what all the fuss was about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie's ending is a little too neat for my taste. But in a movie like this, everything depends on atmosphere and character, and Mona Lisa knows exactly what it is doing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
In an era when movies about love almost always invariably devolve into formulaic affairs, Neil Jordan's Mona Lisa stands out as an often-surprising, multi-layered achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
May 6, 2014
A superb cast lead by Bob Hoskins in the performance of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
The real drama ... stems from each character's frustrated attempt to transcend his or her lousy lot in life.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
If you need an interpreter for the Cockney, maybe I'm available. I wouldn't mind seeing the film again.
Full Review | Original Score: +3 out of -4..+4
Cole Smithey
November 23, 2007
Beautifully quirky, taboo, and British.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 10, 2009
It's a crime film, and it can be intense and lurid, but it's first and foremost about these characters and Mona Lisa takes its time and gets to know them.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Skillfully combines comedy and thriller, romance and sleaze.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A wonderful achievement, a dark film with a generous heart in the shape of an extraordinarily touching performance from Hoskins.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 30, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
July 6, 2011
The bracing peaks of image, acting, and narrative architecture handily win the day over a scenario that always feels more like a willfully engineered exercise than a fully plausible reality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 11, 2001
...despite the film's sordid themes, violence, brutality, and bloodshed, one comes away from it feeling that it's really rather a sweet and affecting story.
| Original Score: 8/10
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
June 24, 2003
Hoskin's is engrossing in one of Neil Jordan's best movies.
| Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 11, 2014
A dreary but compelling romantic crime thriller about love being the important ingredient in life.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 20, 2010
No wonder audiences have taken to this gritty romance as to a mongrel puppy; for at heart Mona Lisa is an old-fashioned poor-soul weepie, and George is less a Cagney rakehell than a Chaplin tramp.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 29, 2010
As a study of social fašades as a means of social climbing, and as a character study of Hoskins' would-be angel, Mona Lisa excels... [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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