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Based on 31 Reviews
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  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Ultimately there's something too measured, too controlled in his film. show more

  • 50
    Staff [Not Credited] USA Today

    Compelling almost in spite of itself, thanks to the impressionistic imagery of cinematographer Robert Richardson. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A prettily photographed yet morbidly gloomy movie. show more

  • 62
    Larry Terenzi Mr. Showbiz

    Hicks is far less interested in resolving dramatic conflicts than in framing shots. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Uusually satisfying in the way it unfolds. show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    The kind of richly layered film that Hollywood seldom attempts, much less brings off. But it's more than brought off here in grand, solid style and beautifully crafted detail. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Reflective, deliberate, building gradually to a climax that left me touched. show more

  • 50
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Movies made from serious novels are often ridiculed as unworthy of their sources, but this one may be too worthy -- too reverent, too showy, too earnest. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Too chilly and distanced to build the emotional impact it would like to have. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    As cosmetically sanitized revisions of history go: This is as good as it gets. show more

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