Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. The film's Russians are all played by French and Australian actors. Too bad Butterworth didn't find a Russian to play the Brit. That would have made the inauthenticity complete.
  2. 30
    Kidman, who speaks Russian for much of the movie, turns in a technically impeccable performance, but the movie gets far more out of her than she out of it.
  3. Between bad hair and tonal irregularity, the movie doesn't give you much to like.
  4. 20
    The most subtly revolting aspect of the movie is how it manages to exploit violence for cheap thrills, in part by equating submission with love.
  5. It's just that this clunky, inane vehicle sputters barely a few feet down its quaint English highway before you want to bid it "do zvidániya, dumb-ass!"
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 8, 2012
    7
    An alright movie that shows the acting abilities of Nicole Kidman and Vincent Cassel. As for the movie the first half of the movie is very good, but the second half is seems forced and rushed. the writing and direction are good, but nothing special. The movie is still enjoyable, but you can guess how it's going to end. 7.5/10. Full Review »
  2. JimmiH.
    Mar 25, 2006
    8
    I saw this film by chance - had never heard of it before. Why do great movies like this go unnoticed? It has a great story with several twists, none of which feel forced. Reminds me a bit of the Coen brothers. It seemed a bit weird to have superstar Kidman playing the mystery russian girl, but her performance is really convincing and she gets away with it. Full Review »