Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Nobody into lush melodramas dripping in sex should miss this pulsating Italian import.
  2. Told in a tricky flashback mode that's vivid even with a few too many temporal kinks, Don't Move is the sort of thing that Claude Chabrol was once praised for making with more pretension and a lot less less juice.
  3. Movies as strong and provocative as this one are a special pleasure.
  4. has a rich, lyrical sweep and floats between past and present, reality and imagination, with ease. It is a richly satisfying experience.
  5. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    80
    In his second outing as a director, top thesp Sergio Castellitto (also playing the surgeon) takes the viewer on an emotion-filled ride and brings a violently masculine perspective to the story. However, it is Penelope Cruz who gives the film's knockout performance.
  6. 75
    The film is a mesmerizing erotic odyssey given gravity and heart by Cruz.
  7. 70
    A compelling if not altogether convincing tale of mad love and divine redemption, adapted from the prize-winning novel by Castellitto's wife, Margaret Mazzantini.
  8. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    A paranoid male fantasy about cheating, with surface similarities to Hollywood movies like ''Fatal Attraction" and ''Unfaithful." This one's Italian, though, and its attitude toward adultery is more European.
  9. Don't Move comes to seem as static as its title -- we just don't learn enough to compensate for feeling so little.
  10. Yes, the movie asks hard questions, but it would be better - or at least more honest - if it weren't so insistent that everyone arrive at the same answer.
  11. Reviewed by: Patrick Peters
    60
    Castellitto deserves great credit for toning down the melodrama in wife Margaret Mazzantini's novel and producing a very human story about chance, choice and consequence.
  12. It is a beautifully made film - decorously composed, meticulously acted, cleanly photographed. But all of these qualities make it seem complacent and hypocritical when it wants to be honest and brave, and sentimental rather than emotionally daring.
  13. The story wants to be a sort of "Last Tango in Paris" redux, but it falls into mere melodrama after a brilliant beginning.
  14. 50
    The script is morose and unfocused - not to mention hard to believe and insulting to women.
  15. Castellitto directed and stars in this unbearable film, a case study of a surgeon with a raging madonna-whore complex.
  16. 50
    Though sprung from the mind of a woman, the film plays like a hetero male fantasy of tortured love.
  17. 50
    There's nothing cute, cloying, or playful about the lovers in Sergio Castellitto's opaque romantic drama Don't Move, but in their way, they're as incomprehensible as the stars of any gimmicky comic love film.
  18. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    Cruz's willingness to allow her appearance to be so degraded for cinema's sake doesn't really help.
  19. 40
    Cloyingly melodramatic film.
  20. A syrupy Italian power ballad along the lines of the ones on the movie's soundtrack. Its tune is mawkish, bombastic but, in the end, not especially resonant.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. ScottB.
    Aug 28, 2006
    8
    Good story and acting make this a compelling film. Cruz, particularly, is heartbreakingly true.
  2. PaulM.
    Aug 27, 2006
    0
    Sincerely awful and extremely mysoginist. Very bad editing.
  3. RobT.
    Jul 23, 2006
    9
    When it comes to modern European cinema, I've discovered that lately, you can tell if youre going to like the movie while you're watching it. There are basically two types: the type that is strong throughout, has great characters, and actually has an ending. Or the kind that is interesting, but tedious, and keeps you waiting for a payoff that never comes. Don't Move fits into the former. As for the latter, these films garner critical acclaim and simply don't deserve it. Don't Move manages to be powerful and not suffer from the pretension of art house cinema, and that makes it a true gem. Full Review »