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Based on 28 Reviews
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  • 60
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    What we're watching, however charming, is a fancifully costumed theater piece that cuts off the oxygen needed to make a play breathe onscreen. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It could have been something special, but two things drag it down to mediocrity -- director Clare Peploe's misunderstanding of Marivaux's rhythms, and Mira Sorvino's limitations as a classical actress. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    However charming Kingsley and Shaw are as the lovestruck pawns and Sorvino as the advancing queen, the premise is less playful than played-out. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The always reliable Kingsley and Shaw are hilarious, and if the movie isn't quite a triumph, it's still far better than the junk food currently cluttering movie screens. show more

  • 100
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    Supple, eloquent and enchanting. show more

  • 88
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A gorgeous, witty, seductive movie. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The story, based on an 18th century French play by Pierre Marivaux, is the sort of thing that inspired operas and Shakespeare comedies: It's all premise, no plausibility, and so what? show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The artifice may be ancient, but the thought and emotions -- and especially Sorvino -- are beautifully, refreshingly modern. show more

  • 38
    Boston Globe

    Sorvino can't pass for a man, but that's beyond the point in this rarefied situation. She's beautiful and she can usually act, but here the only convincing thing she projects is fatigue from running around the garden all day. show more

  • 38
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It's the kind of thing that Shakespeare might have written if he had undergone a frontal lobotomy. show more

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