Under the Tuscan Sun


Under the Tuscan Sun

Critics Consensus

Though formulaic and superficial, Under the Tuscan Sun is redeemed by Lane's vibrant performance.



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Frances Mayes is a 35-year-old San Francisco writer whose perfect life has just taken an unexpected detour. Her recent divorce has left her with terminal writer's block and extremely depressed. Her best friend, Patti, is beginning to think that she might never recover. "Dr. Patti's" prescription: 10 days in Tuscany. It's there, on a whim, that Frances purchases a villa named Bramasole--literally, "something that yearns for the sun." The home needs much restoration, but what better place for a new beginning than the home of the Renaissance? As she flings herself into her new life at the villa in the lush Italian countryside, Frances makes new friends among her neighbors; but in the quiet moments, she is fearful that her ambitions for her new life--and new family--may not be realized, until a chance encounter in Rome throws Frances into the arms of an intriguing Portobello antiques dealer named Marcello. Even as she stumbles forward on her uncertain journey, one thing becomes clear: in life, there are second chances.


Diane Lane
as Frances
Sandra Oh
as Patti
Lindsay Duncan
as Katherine
Raoul Bova
as Marcello
Anita Zagaria
as Fiorella
Evelina Gori
as Nona Cardinale
Mario Monicelli
as Old Man with Flowers
Claudia Gerini
as Signora Raguzzi
Don R. McManus
as Nasty Man
Matt Salinger
as Colleague
John Radzik
as San Francisco Guy
Geoffrey Rivas
as Head Mover
Jack Kehler
as Apartment Manager
Dan Bucatinsky
as Tour Member Rodney
Sean Kaplan
as Seat Mate
Jeffery Jones
as Gay Tourist
Giuseppe Buondonno
as Gay Tourist
Vittorio Pecchillo
as Gay Tourist
Andrea Saran
as Gay Tourist
Giulia Bernardini
as Gay Tourist
Marco Fubini
as Rome Man No. 1
Davide Paganini
as Rome Man No. 2
Malva Guicheney
as Gianni's Daughter
Marit Nissen
as German Woman
Ralph Palka
as German Man
Marco Bonini
as Dinner Guest
Salvatore Lazzaro
as Contractor No. 1
Sandro Dori
as Contractor No. 2
Marcello Marziali
as Contractor No. 3
Domenico Gennaro
as Marcello's Cousin
Romina Cansanella
as Marcello's Niece
Emiliano Novelli
as Positano Policeman
Francesca Petrucci
as Choir Singer
Chiara Porti
as Signor Martini's Wife
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Critic Reviews for Under the Tuscan Sun

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (94) | Rotten (59)

  • The epitome of what a feel-good movie is supposed to be but rarely is, this one is beautiful to look at and life-affirming to think about, and it doesn't have a pretentious bone in its head.

    Oct 16, 2003 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • The movie is sweet but deeply suspect: It's like Lost Horizon re-imagined by a realtor.

    Sep 29, 2003 | Full Review…

    David Edelstein

    Top Critic
  • ... some of the most beautiful photography in any film I've seen this year.

    Sep 29, 2003
  • Under the Tuscan Sun pretends to be juicy, but it doesn't allow any dribbles. It purports to make love all over us, but not without laying down lots of paper towels first.

    Sep 28, 2003
  • Has about as much in common with Frances Mayes as it does with Willie Mays, but it does have the marvelous Diane Lane.

    Sep 27, 2003 | Rating: C+
  • It is a glorious refreshment to spend time with characters who aren't twenty-something eye bait, someone's virtuous, whiny wife or other reductive archetypes.

    Sep 26, 2003

Audience Reviews for Under the Tuscan Sun

  • Oct 28, 2014
    Diane Lane raises this heart-warming film above average in a very adorable performance that conveys with a lot of sensitivity the pangs of depression and yearning to start over, helping make this the kind of feel-good story that is even more enchanting thanks to the beauty of its locations.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 20, 2012
    Not great, but extremely charming romantic comedy thanks to Diane Lanes vibrant performance. The script was nice, the sites where Lane went where beautiful and great to look at, and it has a positive message. Under The Tuscan Sun is one of those feel-good movies with plenty of charm, it's just not one of those movies to talk about a lot, surely its underrated. Diane Lane is the heart and best part of the movie, she's a talented actress and she does a fine and lovely job with the material here.
    Angel G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2012
    Yeah. This was supposed to continue the Diane Lane wave after her triumphant return to the mainstream screen and everyone remembered that they actually missed her. This one is a paint by numbers excersise though. It gets an added half star for the Italian countryside which is the real start of the film.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2011
    This is a cliched and silly chick flick, but the performances are not too bad, and the scenery is quite nice. It's not terrible, but it's also not really my type of movie. Having been to Tuscany though, I can say this movie actually meant something to me, and hell, it's a bit entertaining, and surprisingly not boring. Again though, this film really didn't stand out for me.
    Chris W Super Reviewer

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