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Based on 34 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Elegant, funny and unexpectedly touching, this whodunit about a murder aboard the yacht of William Randolph Hearst represents a bracing comeback for Peter Bogdanovich. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Bogdanovich takes a tale of old Hollywood and infuses it with velocity and enthusiasm. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The script is dead in the water, and most of the misanthropic repartee rings resoundingly false. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The film is better on mood than on message, sharply etching the professional desperation behind the forced gaiety. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Dunst makes Davies the most confident and interesting person aboard the Oneida and makes this voyage almost, but not quite, worth taking. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film is darkly atmospheric, with Herrmann quietly suggesting the sadness and obsession beneath Hearst's forced avuncular chortles. Dunst is as good, in her way, as Dorothy Comingore in "Citizen Kane" in showing a woman who is more loyal and affectionate than her lover deserves. show more

  • 75
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Could have been -- and should have been -- richer and more resonant. It's Hollywood Babylon Lite, only TV movie-deep. But at least it's tangy. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Isn't quite good enough to elicit a purr, but it represents better-than-average movie-making that doesn't demand a dumb, distracted audience. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Bogdanovich adds touches to appeal to serious film fans. show more

  • 63
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    The movie leaves us with the image of rich folks frantically dancing the Charleston because if they stop, they'll have nothing. The point is as untrue as it is simplistic. show more

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