The Sheltering Sky Reviews

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May 19, 2020
Insufferably dull.
April 6, 2020
Working with legendary cinematographer and longtime collaborator Vittorio Storaro, Bertolucci constructed one of the most visually gorgeous films of his career.
September 7, 2011
March 11, 2011
Filled with stunning visuals.
December 7, 2007
December 7, 2007
A disappointingly reductive adaptation of Paul Bowles's first novel.
December 7, 2007
Those who haven't read the book will be left bewildered.
December 7, 2007
Brimming with obscure meaning and devoid of drive and fervor, the film dries up in that symbolic desert sun, the victim of its own pretensions and a casualty of trying to film something best suited to the realm of cult literature.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
As you'd expect, it's a big, handsome film, rich and strange in psychological depths and eroticism. Malkovich and Winger play woundingly well.
December 6, 2005
Bertolucci's grand desert epic gets stuck in the sand right at the start.
October 10, 2005
July 6, 2005
April 14, 2005
April 28, 2004
January 30, 2004
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January 23, 2004
August 5, 2003
Soul searching is rarely a thrill a minute but it's rarely as tedious as this. ...Oscar-bait it may be, but "The Sheltering Sky" is more deserving of the First Annual Chicken Little Award.
May 20, 2003
A long, beautifully modulated cry of despair.
September 24, 2002
One of those movies where you know they're trying to say something important, but it's just not coming across.
September 20, 2002
We are brought face-to-face with the compulsions and yearnings which lie behind our alternating love and fear of life.
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