User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 45
  2. Negative: 5 out of 45
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  1. JohnW.
    Jul 4, 2007
    10
    tense, devastating and emotional. AJ gives a performance that perfectly captures the anger, hope, and despair of Mariane Pearl. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time; a thriller and a love story all at once. Very moving. Loved the end song and the simple piano piece over the flashbacks.
  2. DarleneG.
    Aug 2, 2007
    10
    Angelina Jolie - amazing woman, amazing actress, amazing heart. Great performance worthy of an Oscar.
  3. LeeS.
    Jun 22, 2007
    10
    This is a devastating film...a must see.
  4. JocelynG.
    Jun 24, 2007
    10
    If anyone of you who see any dissatisfaction with the film are looking only on one aspect of the film which is the popularity of the Miss Jolie, in the back of anyones mind, can you honestly say that you or anyone else can do a much better job of playing the role of Miss Pearl? Yes Pearl was played by a Caucasian as well as the most popular actress, but you have to admit that with If anyone of you who see any dissatisfaction with the film are looking only on one aspect of the film which is the popularity of the Miss Jolie, in the back of anyones mind, can you honestly say that you or anyone else can do a much better job of playing the role of Miss Pearl? Yes Pearl was played by a Caucasian as well as the most popular actress, but you have to admit that with make-up, wig and accent, she did disappear from being Jolie to being Marianne Pearl, not only by looks but by playing the main character of the story. If no one can see this, then non of you have the right to be critics because you judge by the celebrity status of the actress and not by how intense she can play the part. jg... Expand
  5. DanielN.
    Oct 23, 2007
    10
    One of a kind. One of the most important films this year and every American should see it. Jolie at her very best. Give her the Oscar now.
  6. RyanM.
    Jun 19, 2007
    10
    An excellent movie...Jolie and Futterman are excellent. A must-see.
  7. CaladoniaK.
    Jun 26, 2007
    10
    FANTASTIC. Angelina is brilliant in this heartbreaking masterpiece.
  8. LindaM
    Jul 19, 2007
    9
    Gripping, restrained and intelligently portrayed.
  9. MagaliP.
    Jun 24, 2007
    9
    Very touching movie that makes you reflect on the values of life, courage, vengeance. Angelina Jolie is AMAZING! Stay for the generic for the song by Nouvelle Vague!
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74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    Like many of Winterbottom's movies, it falls a step short of its full potential. Its tact is both its strength and its weakness. The climax feels rushed: it's the rare movie these days that feels too short.
  2. 88
    The film belongs to Jolie. She won an Oscar for 1999's "Girl, Interrupted," but this is by far her best performance.
  3. Expertly fashioned documentary-style drama.