Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is not intended to be subtle. It is sweaty, candle-lit melodrama, joyously trashy, and its photography wallows in sumptuous decadence.
Full Review

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Jolie and Banderas are two hot actors, in many senses of the word, and their scenes together have a lewd excitement.
Full Review

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Banderas has some very effective moments, but in his emotional scenes, Cristofer has him screaming his lines into Jolie's face with such a spritzing fury, she might have filed a union grievance.
Full Review

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The lead performances are very strong -- few actors possess as much sheer physical presence as this pair -- but their dialogue is stilted, as though lost in transit from a Victorian hothouse.
Full Review

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Despite the heavy-handedness, isn't awful enough to be a hilarious howler. But neither is it good enough to become the tropical noir it could have been.
Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Aspires to blasphemy but achieves only banality.
Full Review

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
An erotic thriller with flaws.
Full Review

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
How bad, really, could it be? I couldn't have guessed.
Full Review

San Francisco Chronicle

By Wesley Morris
Neither epochal nor epic in its ludicrousness. It's just run-of-the-mill trash.
Full Review

USA Today

By Mike Clark
It's one bad apple.
Full Review
33 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.