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  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Sam Garbarski's use of slow-motion shots is pretentious, and he paces the film too slowly. But he captures the seedy side of London, giving you a feel for Soho during the day when sunshine exposes a cheap gaudiness. show more

  • 50
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Plays like a throwback to gritty-but-softhearted English dramas of the 1980s like "Mona Lisa" and "Sammy and Rosie Get Laid." show more

  • 70
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Marianne Faithfull is unforgettable as a middle-class, middle-aged frump …in Sam Garbarski's crowd-pleasing comedy-drama Irina Palm. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Faithfull is marvelous: Once notorious for her own escapades, this great-great-niece of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch is no shrinking violet, but she's perfect as a plump, frumpy widow with a huge heart and a hidden talent no one would ever suspect. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    It turns out a success, tempering its farfetched scenario with enough restraint and believability to pass for a modest parable of modern manners. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Hoary, rather than whore-y, Irina Palm is shameless only in its mawkish sincerity. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    The demand for her services is so great that she suffers from "penis elbow," but her popularity also brings self-esteem and a possible boyfriend in her boss (Miki Manojlovic) in this lethargically directed comedy. show more

  • 50
    Janice Page Boston Globe

    Doesn't deliver on a lot of fronts. But then again it gives us full-on Faithfull, who manages to bare herself completely without ever actually getting undressed. show more

  • 60

    There's a heartwarming quality that softens the hardcore setting but this does lack an assured, er, hand. show more

  • 75
    Bill White Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Garbarski recovers from the melodrama with a final image that is so sweet, so simple and so understated that one is tempted to say it is perfect. show more

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