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  • Summary: Based on the novel by Julian Barnes, Chris (Bale) starts recalling his bohemian Parisian life in the late 1960s after his old friend Toni comes for a surprise visit. It makes him question everything about his life even if he should have married his wife Marion (Watson) and settled down inBased on the novel by Julian Barnes, Chris (Bale) starts recalling his bohemian Parisian life in the late 1960s after his old friend Toni comes for a surprise visit. It makes him question everything about his life even if he should have married his wife Marion (Watson) and settled down in the suburbs of London. Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. It's the rare portrait of a happy marriage that is honest about the complex currents of desire, and the drama is beautifully played by Bale, who gawks with soulful sweetness, and Watson, who does her most piercing work since "Breaking the Waves."
  2. A sexy, moody comedy that plays like a dreamy comic novel.
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    A witty script and strong performances hoist Metroland beyond the confines of its rather standard, TV-style approach.
  4. Reviewed by: Renee Graham
    63
    Bale and Watson make most of the film more interesting and watchable than it might otherwise be, finding flesh and blood in a script that isn't always equal to their talents. [23 Apr 1999]
  5. 58
    As a tasteful take on a minor novel, Metroland is genteel enough, but it lacks the urgency and scope of a must-see movie. [07 May 1999]
  6. Reviewed by: Ester Pan
    50
    Too bad the film ultimately fails to explore [provocative questions], falling instead to cliches.
  7. Metroland, which is adapted from a novel by Julian Barnes, is an oddly unpleasant variation on the theme of "The Way We Were." [09 Apr 1999]

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