Under the Tuscan Sun Reviews

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March 19, 2004
Top Critic
October 16, 2003
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.
September 29, 2003
The movie is sweet but deeply suspect: It's like Lost Horizon re-imagined by a realtor.
September 29, 2003
... some of the most beautiful photography in any film I've seen this year.
September 28, 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.
September 27, 2003
Has about as much in common with Frances Mayes as it does with Willie Mays, but it does have the marvelous Diane Lane.
September 26, 2003
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.
September 26, 2003
It's like a music video of Helen Reddy's 'I Am Woman' filmed in the Chevy Chase Pottery Barn.
September 26, 2003
Lane makes a good impression of a woman taking a big risk and winning a second chance at life.
September 26, 2003
Despite the formulaic plot, which seems to belong on the Lifetime channel, Wells has a knack for witty dialogue that keeps things moving along.
September 26, 2003
The only real downside to the film is what it's likely to do for Italian tourism. After this, the deluge.
September 26, 2003
[Wells] rushes the film ... from episode to episode -- some of which work and some of which don't.
September 26, 2003
Alternately helped, hindered and (best) left alone by first-time director Wells, Lane fills the screen with her perceptive presence and lifts the undramatic story as high as gravity allows.
September 26, 2003
Eminently superficial, although Ms. Wells keeps the movie going with a steady, commanding hand and casts it with an actress who can deftly downshift from serene to sodden.
September 26, 2003
Wells ... serves up a comfort-food buffet of fantasies.
September 26, 2003
It's because of Lane's performance that we don't discount Frances as a silly thing with a weakness for rustic charm, big-eyed kittens and poetic tableaux.
September 26, 2003
The movie pretends it's peddling a vision of 'you-go-girl' independence in which it doesn't remotely believe.
September 26, 2003
A touching story that includes large helpings of humor and charm.
September 26, 2003
While both the scenery and star Diane Lane are highly watchable, the movie is pure froth, a plate-sized helping of zabaglione.
September 26, 2003
It may be a fairy tale, but it's one worth believing in.
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