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The Luzhin Defence Reviews

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May 4, 2001
The film is elegiac and sad, beautifully mounted, but not as compelling as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 6, 2001
This is one instance where a work of literature remained beyond the scope of the medium of film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 7, 2001
Further proof that director Marleen Gorris ... can't shape a scene.
May 21, 2001
The film is a letdown, alas, almost squandering all the fine acting and lovely scenery.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 21, 2001
Pretty much just a string of words and ideas and stick-figure characters who never become fully formed.
April 25, 2001
A passionately crafted picture, but it's hard to connect with some significant characters because their motivations go largely unexplored.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 23, 2001
"A sedate, simplistic, dispiriting film about chess and madness. 'Searching for Bobby Fischer' is better."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
May 24, 2001
The chess scenes, especially toward the end, are filmed with an attempted frenzy that borders on laughable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
The Luzhin Defence was check mated at the opening bell.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 20, 2001
Trumped by its own equivocations and reliance on hackneyed conventions.
May 21, 2001
It plays a predictable, if pretty, game.
February 21, 2011
Turturro supplies some good moments, but without a believable emotional core the film falls short
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 20, 2001
Diluted by numerous clichéd ingredients, which reduce it to a conventional romance.
May 21, 2001
Capable but not transporting, never unraveling the mystery of its hero's genius or, worse, making us care enough to look deeper.
May 1, 2001
Interesting only in how precious little rationality it features.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
March 6, 2001
| Original Score: 1/4
April 8, 2001
What makes this film boring?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
March 6, 2001
As ever Turturro is thoroughly watchable, but unfortunately, his cranky intensity is wasted on Watson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 19, 2001
It moves like molasses, provides no new insight into the 'tortured genius' psyche and is as boring as watching a chess match.
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