|Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Release Date: November 12, 1999||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
A monumentally graceful union of two extremely dissimilar stars, one inspired cinematographer and an exceptionally patient, curious, independent-minded director.
Sarandon and Portman have sizzling electricity that makes every funny, touching or sad moment between them seem even more fascinating than the last.
A smart study of the identity-shredding inherent in so much dissatisfaction and relocation.
A quietly resonant movie about the painful alliance between single mothers and their daughters, and the complicated drama of separation.
Well worth seeing for the incandescent Portman.
Light on plot but heavy on observation: Wang concentrates on exploring the unseen ways in which mother and daughter rely on each other.
You could do a lot worse than spend two hours in the company of two such talented actresses.
Corny and blubbery as it is, still packs an emotional wallop.
It's terrific to see such well-matched actresses of opposing generations duke it out.
Formula mother-brat stuff...It's only the deft teamwork of Portman and Sarandon that keeps the triteness at bay.
What it doesn't have is a central figure you can give a hoot about.
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