|Columbia TriStar Home Video | Release Date: December 7, 2001||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
The film's biggest strength is the same characteristic that may cause people to underrate it: that the group of friends we watch onscreen feel not like England's greatest actors showing off, but rather a group of friends who have indeed known each other for years through life's little triumphs and large tragedies. Read full review
Wry humor and even a certain sexiness break through the reserve of a rueful, realistic, but finally emotionally rewarding film.
It is remarkably, unsentimentally dramatized by Fred Schepisi, courtesy of the pitch-perfect performances of its ensemble British cast.
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.
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