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Based on 39 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Caine has never been better, which is saying something. He puts a human face on a tragic era of history in a film that ranks with the year's finest. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A smart and literate effort with a few weaknesses. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    This is intelligent grown-up entertainment on both a political and a humanistic level. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ever since the movie made a brief appearance late last year to qualify for Oscar consideration, Mr. Caine's performance has been hailed as the best of his career, and surely that's true. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A film full of a sense of impending danger, betrayal, seduction and destruction. Quite simply, it's great stuff. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The movie adds nothing to the political dialogue, and the love story is mood-killingly sad. The lure of the exotic can be deceptive, it says. The moody, murky atmosphere leaves nothing clear except that mixed intentions will always yield mixed results. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It is a film with a political point of view, but often its characters lose sight of that, in their fascination with each other and with the girl. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    An instant classic and a dramatic beauty, a film that gets us to the core of Greene's chilly, dark and romantic view of the post-war world. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Noyce's movie pares away the novel's meditations on the futility of war and the importance of religion. It retains the book's thoughtful blending of psychological and moral issues. show more

  • 100
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    This thoroughly modern movie pulls off a classical feat. It elicits the searing combination of pity and terror that leaves a viewer feeling purged. show more

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