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  • Summary: Personal hardship and tragedy bring a man (Glover) and a woman (Bassett) to experience intense love and hate.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 80
    A labor of love -- a swan song repaying a lifetime of happy debts to the theater, by grace of two terrific performances.
  2. Fugard’s classic minimalist drama comes eloquently to film.
  3. Reviewed by: Cary Darling
    75
    Glover and especially Bassett give strong performances, shaking off their Hollywood patina and losing themselves in these gritty roles.
  4. Gradually, the power of the material and the stars takes hold, flashbacks begin to flesh out the characters' lives, and Boesman & Lena comes alive--achingly and passionately.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    (Bassett's) finally been given another part worthy of her talents, and she makes the most of it.
  6. Stilted as a beach house, the movie crawls from one harangue to another.

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