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Based on 22 Reviews
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  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    The film version is gorgeous to look at and contains amusing performances from Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett in the title roles. But it fails to get inside the minds of gamblers as Peter Carey so admirably did in his Booker Prize-winning novel. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    But for an epic set up to trace two life stories, there's a lack of dramatic focus, and the leads fail to evince any particular chemistry as friends who come to have a deeper emotional connection. [31Dec1997 Pg.02.D] show more

  • 50
    Dave Kehr New York Daily News

    Armstrong is usually a strong and original director of actors (her 1979 "My Brilliant Career" launched the inimitable Judy Davis). But here, her taste seems to have deserted her. [31Dec1997 Pg.30] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Here there is a dry wit, generated between the well-balanced performances of Fiennes and Blanchett, who seem quietly delighted to be playing two such rich characters. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Despite some obvious overplotting, Oscar and Lucinda is a mostly effective and often affecting motion picture that touches our hearts while daring our minds to balk at its implausible coincidences. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    In a sometimes misguided narrative, their scenes together are right on track -- they add lightness, even a shimmering hint of humour, to a symbol-laden drama. Theirs is a unique romance that has a sparrow's frail beauty -- it beats with a trembling, fluttering heart. show more

  • 50
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    While Blanchett glows with intelligence, passion and a quirky kind of beauty, the movie she is in fails her in a number of essential ways. show more

  • 70
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Richly imagined and resolutely unpredictable, this dark and profoundly optimistic paean to passion -- for glass, for horses, for the thrill of the moment after a coin is flipped but before it falls -- is held together by Gillian Armstrong's solid direction and by strong, if occasionally strident, performances from Fiennes and newcomer Blanchett. show more

  • 50
    Tom Meek Film Threat

    There's a lot of talent in this offbeat drama about two odd balls from Down Under, but somehow all the pieces don't quite fit together. show more

  • 89
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Keeping with the spirit of its lead characters, Oscar and Lucinda is a movie best met with a gambler's faith: You may not be certain what it means in the end, but its magnificent payoff is nevertheless a sure thing. show more

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