Columbia TriStar Home Video | Release Date: December 7, 2001 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
78
METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 31 Critics
Positive:
25
Mixed:
5
Negative:
1
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80
Wry humor and even a certain sexiness break through the reserve of a rueful, realistic, but finally emotionally rewarding film.
75
It is remarkably, unsentimentally dramatized by Fred Schepisi, courtesy of the pitch-perfect performances of its ensemble British cast.
70
If truth be told, the film is less than the sum of its parts; the main problem is the fragmented narrative structure, a legacy of the literary source. Still, it's a joy to see men and women with dense life stories played by powerful actors with long and distinguished careers.