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  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Despite its worthy subject, this feature by veteran Brazilian director Bruno Barreto has a bluntness that's at odds with Bishop's personality and work. show more

  • 70
    Deborah Young The Hollywood Reporter

    It would be hard to find two more contrasting actresses than Otto and Pires, but Barreto plays off their differences in culture and personality. show more

  • 38
    Diego Costa Slant Magazine

    Bruno Barreto's insistence that this pass for a product that Hollywood might have spawned smoothens a journey built on sharp edges. show more

  • 60
    Trevor Johnston Time Out London

    The film never works out how to generate genuine dramatic fire from its material. There are convincing performances and decorative retro detail to admire, but the heart needs to beat just that bit faster – and it doesn’t manage that. show more

  • 60
    Guy Lodge Variety

    Attention is retained by the commendably unhistrionic leads, who convincingly etch the pair’s enduring devotion even when passions run dry. show more

  • 40
    Robert Abele Los Angeles Times

    Everything ultimately gives way to the stately, simplistic, inevitable pace of by-the-numbers biopics, from some woefully tinny, hit-and-run screenwriting to the usual difficulties surrounding the dramatization of an author's craft. show more

  • 40
    Nicolas Rapold The New York Times

    Ms. Otto conveys a double-edged intelligence as the film’s pinched notion of “Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil,” while Ms. Pires strides about, every snap judgment and grand gesture a measure of her appeal. Both are hemmed in by direction and a screenplay that are relentlessly on point (as well as an off-the-shelf score). show more

  • 30
    Calum Marsh Village Voice

    Poetry refracts life; this film can only reflect it, and tritely at that. show more

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