• Released
  • April 11, 1997
  • Drama
88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The exceptionally strong cast showcases American, British, and Australian actresses, all of whom show an astonishing willingness to appear in physically unflattering circumstances (no makeup, hair and skin caked with drying mud).
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75

San Francisco Examiner

It's a beautiful movie. Too beautiful for its own good, really.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Given the predictable scenario, this picture needs passion, and all it gets is his workmanlike precision. What he's constructed is worthy enough, and certainly navigable, but you need more than the bricks of craft to build a road to paradise.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Beresford, who'd like to teach the world to sing, makes the moment as moving as a Coca-Cola jingle. It's not the real thing, but it's effective.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
A big problem in the beautifully shot movie, with top-billed Glenn Close heading a fine ensemble cast, is that there are too many characters.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The story has charming and uplifting moments as well as strong performances by an impressive cast.
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50

TV Guide

It's strange to imagine the subject of World War II a now no-brainer in the same league as sequels and old TV show-spinoffs, something safe and familiar in light of its new, "inspiring" spin. But that's the only way to explain the existence of this otherwise pointless picture.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
But what the movie lacks is a story arc to pull us through.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
What should have been an affecting film becomes a rank blend of sentiment and sadism in the hands of Bruce Beresford, the Australian writer and director.
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38

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
It settles for the recycled emotions of the past despite the fact "Schindler's List" has forever made such treatment shamefully passe. [18Apr1997 Pg.03.D]
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48 out of 100
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