The Sheltering Sky Reviews

May 19, 2020
Insufferably dull.
December 7, 2007
Disappointing.
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.
December 6, 2005
Bertolucci's grand desert epic gets stuck in the sand right at the start.
July 6, 2005
January 30, 2004
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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.
September 24, 2002
One of those movies where you know they're trying to say something important, but it's just not coming across.
January 1, 2000
[A] frustrating, monotonously obscure movie.
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.
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.