The Sheltering Sky Reviews

September 7, 2011
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.
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.
May 20, 2003
A long, beautifully modulated cry of despair.
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.
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
[A] frustrating, monotonously obscure movie.
January 1, 1990