• Released
  • April 20, 2001
  • 1 hr 48 min
  • Drama
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Entertainment Weekly

Fine candy for mind and eye.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
You'll find heartbreakingly star-crossed lovers, a heartless villain (Wilson) and a dazzling backdrop of aristocratic life before and after the Russian Revolution.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
One of our best actors, Turturro surpasses his past fine work as Alexander Luzhin.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Watson's character grows in importance until she eclipses the recessive Luzhin.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
Falls short of being totally absorbing and compelling.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Turturro's Luzhin is a cinematic soulmate of Dustin Hoffman's Rain Man and Geoffrey Rush's David Helfgott.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film is elegiac and sad, beautifully mounted, but not as compelling as it should be.
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Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
Handsome and well-acted, yet it can't hold a pawn to Nabokov's harrowing and moving character study.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
An attractive, intelligent film that's intractably at odds with itself.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
When the film sticks with the eccentric comedy of a highborn woman attracted to a preoccupied genius, it works splendidly. When it strays into melodrama, it is as ill-equipped as Luzhin.
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64 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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