Head in the Clouds


Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    The story is a vapid "Casablanca"-lite.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    If you're up for a relentlessly overripe melodrama that takes place in movie-Europe as opposed to the real thing (the Parisian streetwalkers in berets are a good tip-off), by all means catch Head in the Clouds.
  3. Stuart Townsend, Theron's reallife boyfriend, may have inner fires as an actor that have yet to be revealed, but in Head in the Clouds he's a somber puppy who looks as if Theron could eat him alive. I wish she had.
  4. There's never a dull moment and seldom one that isn't sublimely ridiculous.
  5. Duigan has the makings of a good yarn, but instead of trusting the story and his characters, he becomes fatally bogged down in trying to make statements.
  6. A snooze, despite all the sex and other gunplay.
  7. 25
    This spark-free film has no place to go on their resumes except under the heading of "Cringing Embarrassment."
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. StephenM.
    Oct 8, 2007
    Theron's character is a terrific anti-hero who pursues the pleasure principle throughout life with single-minded determination--arguably Theron's character is a terrific anti-hero who pursues the pleasure principle throughout life with single-minded determination--arguably an uncondemnable thing. Unfortunately for her, that quest for pleasure has her traipsing around war-torn France with her "head in the clouds," largely oblivious to the life-threatening environment in which she resides while on her quest for erotic pleasure. All anti-heros must eventually depart the incompatible society in which they live and they must do so either by dying or otherwise escaping that society. In this case, France's post-war society is vengeful, misguided, judgmental, and unforgiving. Her death is a great tragedy. Quilt by association has always been difficult, if not impossible, for society justify and her case is no exception. Arguably, she does not deserve to suffer her fate. The story could have been written to avoid tragedy and have a happy ending if she had been wise enough to flee France for America, where free spirits can grow and flourish, but she didn't because her head was in the clouds and that flaw didn't serve her best interests. The film's critics never mention any of this and that leaves me wondering if they truly understood (let alone appreciate) her character and the story of a great, arguably blameless, anti-hero. Full Review »
  2. BubbaJ.
    Dec 31, 2006
    Epic saga of love and war and the culminating in the occupation and liberation of Paris.
  3. EricS.
    Aug 21, 2006
    Profoundly moving and disturbing movie. Theron superb as femme fatale. Excellent acting all around. Drama intense.