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The Sheltering Sky Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The book is so complete, so deep and so self-contained that it shuts the movie out. Bertolucci shows us the outsides and the surfaces, and a person seeing this movie without having read the book might ask what it is about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 7, 2007
A disappointingly reductive adaptation of Paul Bowles's first novel.
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Variety Staff
December 7, 2007
Those who haven't read the book will be left bewildered.
Christopher Null
December 6, 2005
Bertolucci's grand desert epic gets stuck in the sand right at the start.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 30, 2004
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Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
[A] frustrating, monotonously obscure movie.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
It is no doubt quite difficult to portray self-indulgence without the work itself taking on an air of arrogance; and certainly The Sheltering Sky fails on that level.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
September 24, 2002
One of those movies where you know they're trying to say something important, but it's just not coming across.
Read More | Original Score: 67/100
James Sanford
James Sanford on Film
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Emanuel Levy
July 6, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 7, 2007
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 20, 2002
We are brought face-to-face with the compulsions and yearnings which lie behind our alternating love and fear of life.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 11, 2011
Filled with stunning visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Bowles's gentle, avian features, the obvious wisdom of his years and his distinctive presence are practically worth the price of admission.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
April 28, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 23, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 30, 2002
Fascinating without ever being involving
| Original Score: 3/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A long, beautifully modulated cry of despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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