Based on 12 Critics
  • Desplechin wants to film an adventure of the human spirit in the manner of a Hitchcockian drama, but he doesn't have a solid enough grasp of English culture to equal the complexity of his French productions like "The Sentinel" and "The Life of the Dead." show more

  • A draggy shaggy-dog story about a poor Jewish girl's painfully slow emotional awakening. The movie is 145 minutes long, so by the time Esther's awake, the audience may not be as lucky.

  • How do you inject life into a film whose central character is dull, slow, stupid and grim?If you're Arnaud Desplechin, you don't. show more

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