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Based on 8 Reviews
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  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    While this slow-starting update of "Private Lives" has plenty of laughs, the incredibly expressive (and too-seldom seen) Stevenson turns Julia's romantic dilemma into something genuinely moving. She makes A Previous Engagement something special. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Even Stevenson, a singularly accomplished and versatile actress, can't do much with Julia's early scenes, in which she's forced to dither around like a complete idiot. show more

  • 38
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Though frantic from the get-go, A Previous Engagement rarely finds its feet. Devoid of the fine balance of grace and chaos necessary to any screen farce, the proceedings are slapdash, repetitious and badly overextended. show more

  • 70

    Stevenson casts her usual magic in this frankly adult, determinedly lighthearted comedy of romantic errors. show more

  • 50
    Andrew O'Hehir

    I'm not big on those Pauline Kael-style encomiums to great actors in mediocre material, but that's exactly what we've got here. Stevenson is so incandescent -- so funny, so vulnerable, so awkwardly sexy. show more

  • 50
    L.A. Weekly

    Stevenson manages to deliver a few poignant moments of nostalgia for the pleasures of youth against the stunning backdrop of the Maltese coastline. show more

  • 40
    Los Angeles Times

    A dreary experience. show more

  • 40
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    More tired than the fantasy it promotes, A Previous Engagement aims at middle-aged women with the subtlety of a pitch for bladder-control medication. show more

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