• Released
  • May 5, 2000
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 55 min
  • Drama
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The story has old-fashioned characters and situations, and Haas has sensibly filmed it in an old-fashioned way, stressing visual appeal rather than the story's sordid undertones. The acting is excellent, too.
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
All of Haas' movies have an air of weirdness and dread, and this one is no exception. But it's romantic as well.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
In the most extreme moments, Thomas hits her career pinnacle.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Is a chamber romance, in that there's nothing grand or sweeping about it, but it's got all the style it needs to go with those glorious Tuscan settings.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This whole movie is about manners. There is sex and violence, but the movie is not about giving in to them; it's about carrying on as if they didn't exist.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's low-grade Casablanca - an ill-fated love affair, rife with murder and deceit, with World War II as a backdrop and a farewell scene that has something to do with getting to Paris.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
For novelty value, you can do worse than seeing Sean Penn in a rare chance to don evening-wear on screen, but this isn't a sight to sustain a two-hour haul.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's fun to see Sean Penn portray a playboy, like Bogart in "Casablanca," who hides his true heart behind a layer of cynicism.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Politics is almost an afterthought in this balky, attenuated film.
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Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
The total lack of sexual chemistry between them doesn't help. Frankly, I'd rather see Scott Thomas play a nun than sit through another one of these turgid romancers.
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57 out of 100
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