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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 2 out of 16
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  1. AustinF.
    Oct 24, 2002
    10
    It was a very good film with an excellent story line. very realistic. and moving. I think many immigrants of any culture could relate to this film.
  2. Ev
    Jan 24, 2002
    10
    Movie will be enjoyed by all with Hungarian ties.
  3. CCC
    Dec 6, 2006
    9
    I just watched this movie a second time and adored it as much as the first. Quite complex and beautiful with historical significance, some wonderful performances and just a tremendous amount of heart.
Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. It's a case of the heart being in the right place, but the script getting in the way.
  2. Distinguishes itself by its subtlety and good taste. Even if we catch a hint of gypsy music on the soundtrack -- or glimpse a disturbing American neighbor lady -- Gardos steadfastly guards us from caricature. She wants to keep it real.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    50
    The glammed-up Kinski looks the same age throughout and only has three expressions: angry, wistful, and someone's-killed-my-dog.