The Luzhin Defence Reviews

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June 14, 2001
Makes up for a creaky structure with the intensity of emotion and psychological nuance provided by two of our finest screen actors.
May 21, 2001
It plays a predictable, if pretty, game.
May 21, 2001
As brave as it is affecting.
May 18, 2001
When Luzhin's old chess teacher shows up, the movie becomes a slow-motion wreck.
May 17, 2001
If The Luzhin Defence falls short of being totally absorbing and compelling, it's surely because it's so difficult to translate Nabokov's view that we are all pawns in the big game.
May 11, 2001
Trapped between being an offbeat, slightly daffy period romance and a dark study of a tragic genius, The Luzhin Defence struggles to a draw.
February 21, 2011
Turturro supplies some good moments, but without a believable emotional core the film falls short
May 26, 2007
Lyrical and affecting, and profoundly in touch with the miracle and curse of a fragile, fanatical artistic sensibility.
December 6, 2005
December 8, 2002
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