User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
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  1. BKeown
    Oct 14, 2004
    9
    Perhaps not the most sophisticated movie that has been made to date, but this is a film with heart--from the director who clearly adores the subject to the actors who show these people in all their bizarre but natural self and not a Hollywood Camp silhouette to the details of the set and sound. A high quality film that those with a good taste for history, literature and fun will appreciate.
  2. Tony
    Sep 17, 2004
    4
    It came close to being really good. A few little changes would have made it much more enjoyable. I'd like to say what those changes would be, but that would give something away.
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    40
    Noisy and giddy, the film makes a stab at "Moulin Rouge" territory but ends up as a very trite story of boy loses girl, boy finds girl. It is also stridently camp -- not so much roaring '20s as screaming.
  2. 50
    By the time Fry lets darkness encroach on these bright young things, the fizz is gone, and so is any reason to make us give a damn.
  3. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    50
    An easy-to-digest slice of literate entertainment for upscale and older audiences that lacks a significant emotional undertow to make it a truly involving -- rather than simply voyeuristic -- experience.