90

Film Threat

By Rick Kisonak
The final act is all but guaranteed to astonish and satisfy. See this movie.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Sweet, however, are the uses of melodrama in the skilled hands of Tornatore, for he transcends the lurid and the coincidental with range, depth and insight, and a bold, confident, suspenseful style, to create a fable of love and redemption.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It's a spellbinder with a lot of Hitchcock touches and an Ennio Morricone score to match. But does it play fair with us?
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75

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
It's an elegant nail-biter.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Russian-born Xenia Rappoport gives it her tragic-heroine all as an abused Ukraine prostitute-turned-sneaky housemaid in Italy in The Unknown Woman.
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70

Chicago Reader

By Andrea Gronvall
The melodrama form allows Tornatore to examine such current issues as human trafficking and black-market babies within a yarn that, for all its sentiment, is never less than gripping.
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70

Variety

By Deborah Young
Brings peaks of violence and suspense to the vivid story of a young East European prostitute-turned-cleaning lady intent on carrying out a mysterious mission in Italy.
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The film is flat-out gorgeous and contains moments of sheer lunacy.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie looks great at least, and the cast includes such stalwarts of Italian cinema as Claudia Gerini and Pierfrancesco Favino.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The movie's one flaw is this: The whole movie hangs on the gradual unraveling of the central mystery and is made with the expectation that the audience is fascinated and hanging on every tidbit.
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56 out of 100
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