Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Elegant, funny and unexpectedly touching, this whodunit about a murder aboard the yacht of William Randolph Hearst represents a bracing comeback for Peter Bogdanovich.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Peter Bogdanovich taps deep into the Hearst mystique, entertainingly reenacting a historic scandal.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Could have been -- and should have been -- richer and more resonant. It's Hollywood Babylon Lite, only TV movie-deep. But at least it's tangy.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Bogdanovich takes a tale of old Hollywood and infuses it with velocity and enthusiasm.
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Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Bogdanovich adds touches to appeal to serious film fans.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film is darkly atmospheric, with Herrmann quietly suggesting the sadness and obsession beneath Hearst's forced avuncular chortles. Dunst is as good, in her way, as Dorothy Comingore in "Citizen Kane" in showing a woman who is more loyal and affectionate than her lover deserves.
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By James Berardinelli
Isn't quite good enough to elicit a purr, but it represents better-than-average movie-making that doesn't demand a dumb, distracted audience.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The film is better on mood than on message, sharply etching the professional desperation behind the forced gaiety.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Dunst makes Davies the most confident and interesting person aboard the Oneida and makes this voyage almost, but not quite, worth taking.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The script is dead in the water, and most of the misanthropic repartee rings resoundingly false.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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