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6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
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  3. Negative: 2 out of 9

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  1. wwh
    Aug 2, 2011
    10
    Re: "seems quite disgusted by him right from the start, which is quite understandable, yet she starts a relationship with him", that´s exactly the Point, which you seem to have missed entirely, Harold Bloom.
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71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Gautaman Bhaskaran
    60
    The story often appears a little unreal.
  2. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    70
    Anchored by another marvelously quirky yet deadly serious performance from John Malkovich, and likely to be relished by the fan base of J.M. Coetzee's Booker Prize-winning novel, this is a strong, perceptive, old-school arthouse picture.
  3. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    80
    The austere economy of Coetzee's writing, crisply adapted for the screen by Anna Maria Monticelli, plays out the melodrama with quietly brooding menace.