Paramount Vantage | Release Date: June 22, 2007
7.3
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Generally favorable reviews based on 45 Ratings
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Negative:
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DanielJ.Jun 22, 2007
Hoberman's Village Voice review says it all, and better than I could. It comes off as well-intentioned, but a vanity project for Jolie nonetheless. All the acting is quality, but it doesn't really commit to the visceral nature of Hoberman's Village Voice review says it all, and better than I could. It comes off as well-intentioned, but a vanity project for Jolie nonetheless. All the acting is quality, but it doesn't really commit to the visceral nature of the story. Not affecting. Expand
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DWillyJun 24, 2007
No, I'm sorry, this just isn't a very good movie. Well-meaning, certainly, but with mostly ad libbed dialog that is painfully glib or clunky and consistently guts the tension out of what should have been a very interesting, No, I'm sorry, this just isn't a very good movie. Well-meaning, certainly, but with mostly ad libbed dialog that is painfully glib or clunky and consistently guts the tension out of what should have been a very interesting, educational story. The glowing reviews given the acting of the mighty celebrity that is Angelina Jolie comes, I think, from "bear on a bicycle" syndrome... people are impressed she can do it at all. Expand
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TabU.Jun 22, 2007
Angelina's great performance suffers from an otherwise confusing, chaotic use of semi-realism photography. Too many scenes appear to be useless travelogue footage that have no bearing on the movie's main premise and unlike "Lost in Angelina's great performance suffers from an otherwise confusing, chaotic use of semi-realism photography. Too many scenes appear to be useless travelogue footage that have no bearing on the movie's main premise and unlike "Lost in Translation" the direction of this movie required that the audience be given better editing and a clear intent on what this movie was attempting to portray. Daniel Pearl is not seen much in this movie is appears more of an afterthought. Angelina Jolie as Marianne Hanssen, however, is almost brilliant in her scenes that captivate and express the perplexity of her situation and her efforts and bewilderment in this tragedy. Unfortunately, her presence can't escape the overall movie's slow and uneven pacing and editing, and the collage of cinematic scenes that appear to be pasted together that when taken as a whole cannot hold the entire movie together. Expand
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