The Unknown Woman Synopsis
A mysterious woman (Kseniya Rappoport) worms her way into the fold of a rich Italian family.
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Like reading a mystery thriller...

By pomspringz
With a wonderfully haunting score by Ennio Morricone, which would be enough reason to go to any movie, the Unknown Woman or La Sconosciuta is like viewing a modern-day mystery/action/ thriller novel...

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Rated R | For torture, sexuality, graphic nudity, rape, language and disturbing violent content