75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Teeming with familiar war-film clichés and at times almost unbearably melodramatic, Twice Born is nevertheless worth the effort, thanks in large part to a magnificent performance from Penelope Cruz and some fine work from the international supporting cast.
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63

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Twice Born fails to tug at the heartstrings or wring tears from us. Hirsch plays exuberant and callow well, Cruz is tragic and earthy as ever. But the two of them never really click — sex scenes included.
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42

The A.V. Club

By Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
One hundred minutes of snooze-inducing troubled romance eventually gives way to a strange, interesting backstory. It doesn’t manage to recast the preceding feature’s worth of movie in a different light, but instead makes the viewer wish the film had gotten to the end sooner.
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40

Time Out New York

The movie’s nagging inconsistency goes from merely grating to flat-out jaw-dropping, courtesy of late-game plot twists that squander whatever benefit of the doubt may remain.
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40

Village Voice

By Zachary Wigon
Sergio Castellitto's Twice Born irresponsibly appropriates the horrific siege of Sarajevo to serve as aesthetic backdrop for a story that exhibits no real interest in the conflict.
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40

The Dissolve

By Mike D'Angelo
Nearly every superficial element of the movie is badly misconceived; it was doomed before the first scene was shot.
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38

Slant Magazine

By Diego Costa
Sergio Castellitto's film quickly turns out to be more interested in reveling in the secrets of its storyline than in its sentiments.
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38

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
About the only reason to stay with this increasingly histrionic film is to satisfy curiosity about exactly how Diego will (as we learn at the outset) die, but long before we learn that Twice Born chokes to death on its own melodrama.
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38

RogerEbert.com

Yes, it's all as clunky and tasteless as the description suggests, and the awkward casting doesn't improve this overlong drama.
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20

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
Whatever thoughtful instincts Mr. Castellitto might possess are undermined by his addiction to cinematic prettiness.
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34 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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