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Based on 31 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's fun to see Sean Penn portray a playboy, like Bogart in "Casablanca," who hides his true heart behind a layer of cynicism. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    In the most extreme moments, Thomas hits her career pinnacle. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    For novelty value, you can do worse than seeing Sean Penn in a rare chance to don evening-wear on screen, but this isn't a sight to sustain a two-hour haul. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's low-grade Casablanca - an ill-fated love affair, rife with murder and deceit, with World War II as a backdrop and a farewell scene that has something to do with getting to Paris. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    All of Haas' movies have an air of weirdness and dread, and this one is no exception. But it's romantic as well. show more

  • 35
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    The total lack of sexual chemistry between them doesn't help. Frankly, I'd rather see Scott Thomas play a nun than sit through another one of these turgid romancers. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The story has old-fashioned characters and situations, and Haas has sensibly filmed it in an old-fashioned way, stressing visual appeal rather than the story's sordid undertones. The acting is excellent, too. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This whole movie is about manners. There is sex and violence, but the movie is not about giving in to them; it's about carrying on as if they didn't exist. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's a corker of a story - a polished yarn full of desire, desperation and despair. show more

  • 75
    Miami Herald

    A refined, tasteful film about pure, hard lust. show more

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