Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 36
  2. Negative: 5 out of 36

There are no positive critic reviews yet.

User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 6 out of 12
  1. joe
    Aug 30, 2009
    1
    Horrifying little movie by someone who is probably the sort of person who still calls french fries "freedom fries." For all the eye candy on Horrifying little movie by someone who is probably the sort of person who still calls french fries "freedom fries." For all the eye candy on the screen, everyone manages to come off extremely ugly. Avoid. Full Review »
  2. RobC
    Nov 9, 2007
    0
    So loaded with feminist propaganda that every development left me in no suspense as to its purpose and outcome. Reminiscent of old Soviet So loaded with feminist propaganda that every development left me in no suspense as to its purpose and outcome. Reminiscent of old Soviet movies. Excruciating. Full Review »
  3. NickS.
    Aug 4, 2003
    4
    Usually when I watch a film based on a bestseller that I haven't read, I run out to buy the book. Seabiscuit is a good example. I Usually when I watch a film based on a bestseller that I haven't read, I run out to buy the book. Seabiscuit is a good example. I understand how tough it is to adapt a book but this film made it look impossible. The film couldn't decide what it was about. I went in thinking that it was a romantic comedy but there was hardly any romance and no comedy!! I could count how many times I laughed on one hand. Throw in an attempted suicide, some murders, and depressed women and call that a comedy?!?! I don't think so. Matthew Modine was the only funny character in the film but I'm pretty sure that he wasn't supposed to be. Kate Hudson plays the same character she always does and Naomi Watts was just plain ordinary. I did enjoy the portrayal of the American family, especially when they were in Paris. Overall, I wasn't impressed with this film at all and thought it wasted a lot of talent and a gorgeous location with a mediocre script that couldn't decide what it wanted to be. Merchant-Ivory should go back to period films because they have no idea how to make something else. But if you're fan of the book, it supposedly stays relatively true to it and other fans in the audience enjoyed the film. If you're not a fan of the book, go see Bad Boys II. Full Review »