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Based on 13 Reviews
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  • 20
    New York Daily News

    The tragic Balkan conflict of the 1990s is due for a sweeping, important and engaging cinematic remembrance. Twice Born wants to be that movie — a Bosnian “Doctor Zhivago” — but falls short. show more

  • 20
    David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter

    Dripping with floridly phony dialogue that no actor should be forced to speak, this paternity mystery uses the Bosnian conflict as the manipulative backdrop to a preposterously overwrought and overlong melodrama. show more

  • 75
    Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times

    Teeming with familiar war-film clichés and at times almost unbearably melodramatic, Twice Born is nevertheless worth the effort, thanks in large part to a magnificent performance from Penelope Cruz and some fine work from the international supporting cast. show more

  • 63
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    Twice Born fails to tug at the heartstrings or wring tears from us. Hirsch plays exuberant and callow well, Cruz is tragic and earthy as ever. But the two of them never really click — sex scenes included. show more

  • 38
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    About the only reason to stay with this increasingly histrionic film is to satisfy curiosity about exactly how Diego will (as we learn at the outset) die, but long before we learn that Twice Born chokes to death on its own melodrama. show more

  • 38
    Diego Costa Slant Magazine

    Sergio Castellitto's film quickly turns out to be more interested in reveling in the secrets of its storyline than in its sentiments. show more

  • 38

    Yes, it's all as clunky and tasteless as the description suggests, and the awkward casting doesn't improve this overlong drama. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    The movie’s nagging inconsistency goes from merely grating to flat-out jaw-dropping, courtesy of late-game plot twists that squander whatever benefit of the doubt may remain. show more

  • 40
    Mike D'Angelo The Dissolve

    Nearly every superficial element of the movie is badly misconceived; it was doomed before the first scene was shot. show more

  • 40
    Zachary Wigon Village Voice

    Sergio Castellitto's Twice Born irresponsibly appropriates the horrific siege of Sarajevo to serve as aesthetic backdrop for a story that exhibits no real interest in the conflict. show more

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