88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A story of obsession and honor, deception and self-deception set against a sharply etched landscape of political upheaval and intrigue. Malkovich orchestrates all this with assuredness, and Bardem, looking weary and worn, inhabits his character with a realness, a truth, that's downright spooky. And beautiful.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie has a mystery, and moral unease, that lingers.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
This is a thriller that embraces stillness and silence where others prefer noise and bombast. It thrives on the hush before the explosion instead of its aftermath, and it's that eerie sense of expectation that gives the film its thick aura of suspense.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Malkovich weaves something delicate and devastating.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
It has an elusive, haunting quality, but it's too long at 133 minutes, and there aren't many movies these days that get more involving as they progress.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Elegantly, even languorously, photographed by Jose Luis Alcaine, who doesn't punch into things but regards them, so that we are invited to think about them. That doesn't mean the movie is slow; it moves with a compelling intensity toward its conclusion.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Ambitious and uneven.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Far from perfect but completely unique, the film could best be described as a paranoid South American metaphysical political thriller -- you heard me -- and whatever its failures, they're not ones of nerve or imagination.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Has many of the qualities that made the actor such a great target for self-parody in Spike Jonze's "Being John Malkovich" - it's sober, deliberate, self-consciously mysterious and no fun at all.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
An ambitious political thriller, a multilingual film of mood and texture and the occasional haunting image.
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64 out of 100
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