Head in the Clouds

Metascore
40

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. 80
    On paper the story may seem hopelessly contrived -- another nostalgia piece for art-house liberals -- but on-screen it's presented in purely emotional terms, which allows Duigan and his excellent leads to inhabit and ultimately transcend the period.
  2. 75
    Charlize Theron is one of the few actresses equal to the role, bringing to it beauty, steel-edged repose, and mystery.
  3. The lavish drama spans England, France, and Spain (shot mostly in Montreal), and Duigan elegantly paints a moving romance of errors amid torture, bloodshed, and terrible tragedy.
User Score
8.6

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
    10
    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
    9
    Epic saga of love and war and the culminating in the occupation and liberation of Paris.
  3. EricS.
    Aug 21, 2006
    10
    Profoundly moving and disturbing movie. Theron superb as femme fatale. Excellent acting all around. Drama intense.