|Universal Pictures | Release Date: December 21, 2001||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
The result is mainstream moviemaking at its highest, most satisfying level.
The film makes more apparent than ever that Howard is quite underrated as a filmmaker, possibly because he's been hidden in full view in the mainstream for so long.
Crowe astounds with his technical skill. [7 Jan 2002, p. 82]
Howard, and the screenwriter, Akiva Goldsman, have used the book as nothing more than their jumping-off point for an erratic work of fiction that's part mystery thriller and part Hollywood schmaltz.
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