Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 27
  2. Negative: 5 out of 27
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  1. Reviewed by: Steve Daly
    As campy as a flick by Banderas' evident artistic mentor, Pedro Almódovar.
  2. Reviewed by: Moira Macdonald
    Appears to be several different movies spliced together, with unfortunate results.
  3. 30
    (Griffith's) appearance often verges on the grotesque. Which, come to think of it, could be said of the movie as well.
  4. 30
    Mark Childress, who wrote the screenplay based upon his book of the same name, would have been better off leaving this Southern Gothic between two covers.
  5. 25
    Although Banderas occasionally shows flashes of style, individual elements too often go together like grits in a puff pastry.

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