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Stealing Beauty Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie plays like the kind of line a rich older guy would lay on a teenage model, suppressing his own intelligence and irony in order to spread out before her the wonderful world he would like to give her as a gift.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
What do you call a character study with shallow, sketchily-drawn characters, but a gorgeous setting? A scenery study, perhaps. Or an atmosphere study.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Clint Morris
Film Threat
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
January 8, 2002
You can keep Liv Tyler as an actress altogether as far as I'm concerned.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 19, 2004
Somewhat erotic and warm, and pleasant to gaze at.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
[Bertolucci] builds an homage to beauty around a sullen void.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 7, 2007
[A] hilariously inscrutable exercise in pseudo-profundity.
Dragan Antulov
September 12, 2003
Utterly boring.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
Liv Tyler is radiant, but the film itself suffers from the same self-indulgence that always hampers Bertolucci's work.
| Original Score: 2/5
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
When a party at an elegant villa threatens to become a full-blown musical number, one wonders if Mel Brooks has taken charge of the production.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
July 23, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
An uneasy sense of self indulgence turned me against the film.
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
January 12, 2002
In my view, Bernardo Bertolucci is one of the world's most overrated high profile filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 54/100
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
July 12, 2004
Auteur-slumming at The WB
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
The film does have a small mystery in it, but it is easily solvable and plays only a small part in the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
While former model Tyler can work the camera, her performance is generally awkward.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Bertolucci returns to his native Italian soil for the first time in 15 years, and the result is a gorgeous albeit fairly insubstantial homecoming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The result is more tedious than insightful, and the film just meekly limps along, without any wit, passion or fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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