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TV Guide
November 7, 2007
Superb acting in an Abby Mann script that seldom descends into bathos.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Variety Staff
November 7, 2007
Director-producer Stanley Kramer and scenarist Abby Mann have distilled the essence of Katherine Anne Porter's bulky novel in a film that appeals to the intellect and the emotions.
Emanuel Levy
July 30, 2007
Prestigious and literary cinema at its most ponderous, transfer of Porter's novel to the the big screen by Kramer (the wrong director) is crude and pretentious, but some of the performances, particularly Signoret, Leigh and Dunn, are good.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 15, 2007
The black-and-white overlong, dated and uneven film, a less than endearing talk-fest, is rescued from drowning in a sea of words by its fine cast.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Don't look now, but as you might expect with message-mad Kramer at the helm of this adaptation of Katherine Anne Porter's novel, there's a heavy allegory aboard.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
January 4, 2005
All-star cast in ultimately grim tale.
| Original Score: 5/5

May 24, 2003
The film's interest lies in the excellent cast.
Top Critic
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A powerful, ironic film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 7, 2002
It makes for OK drama all the same, but it's all on the heavy-handed side. Well, subtlety was never Kramer's strong suit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Werner and Signoret were wonderful, and deserved their nominations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
As glib as Stanley Kramer often is, there is probably nothing glibber in his entire output than this Abby Mann adaptation of Katherine Anne Porter's novel.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
December 21, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 12, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 23, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 11, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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