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  • Summary: A story about the astonishing things that happen when despair turns to hope among the residents of this small village in Nazi-occupied Poland. (Columbia Tristar)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    A markedly better picture than Roberto Benigni's far more sentimental Oscar collector.
  2. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    50
    The audience is ready for an unhappy ending -- and Hollywood should have the courage to provide it.
  3. More altruistic would be if Williams stopped torturing us with weepy endearments so he could look for that complex clown who used to mug just for laughs.
  4. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    40
    Alternates between bumbling group antics and strained poignancy...anticipates all laughter and emotion in ways that make it its own worst enemy.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    40
    Even on its own terms, it stays sluggish.
  6. 10
    Just avoid this ghastly, insulting farrago at all costs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4

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