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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 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: Richard Schickel
    70
    Metroland finally makes a good, subtle case for the bearable weightiness of middle-class being, for the higher morality of muddling through.
  4. 63
    Director Philip Saville, working from a script by Adrian Hodges (which, in turn, is based on the novel by Julian Barnes), has crafted a competent, character-based tale, but the issues examined are stale, and Saville is unable to find a way to take the story to a newer, more interesting level
  5. Conceptually, the film is unique - it's a kind of nostalgia movie within a nostalgia movie. [16 Apr 1999]
  6. 50
    Bale tends to be overwrought and self-conscious as he wrestles with his demons, here in both '60s flashbacks (the liveliest segment) and in the 1977 present, in which punk clubs and easy women represent temptation. [09 Apr 1999]
  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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