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  • Summary: Set in Cuba in the early 1900's, this is a sexy, suspenseful thriller about the dangerous and sometimes lethal power of love and obsession. (MGM)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 24
  2. Negative: 13 out of 24
  1. 75
    The movie is not intended to be subtle. It is sweaty, candle-lit melodrama, joyously trashy, and its photography wallows in sumptuous decadence.
  2. 60
    Ridiculous, yes, but in an eminently watchable way. Most of the plot twists work surprisingly well, and the frequently naked leads work up some genuine chemistry.
  3. The lead performances are very strong -- few actors possess as much sheer physical presence as this pair -- but their dialogue is stilted, as though lost in transit from a Victorian hothouse.
  4. 30
    The director belabors every moment, forgetting that pulp tales need to be told quickly, lest the viewer have time to second-guess.
  5. Even the lovemaking scenes between two of Hollywood's most attractive stars -- often shot from above, like Cinemax soft porn -- are so unerotic, they make your skin crawl.
  6. About half a notch above disaster.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14

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