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Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

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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
  1. G.R.
    Apr 11, 2007
    10
    This is a great movie from beginning to end. At any time I did not know what would happen in the next scene. It is welll written, well This is a great movie from beginning to end. At any time I did not know what would happen in the next scene. It is welll written, well directed, well acted, and the choice of actors was great. I am surprised there are many negative reviews. It seems to be a movie that either you love it or you hate it. Even the citics are in the two extremes. If you like Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas you will like this movie. Also, don't see the trailer before you watch the movie. Collapse
  2. sophia
    Jun 9, 2006
    10
    beautiful and I think, emotionally captivating.
  3. ChristianT
    Oct 22, 2006
    5
    The movie looks very cheap and decadent, but its melodramatic, soapish development makes it trashy fun. Besides, the sex scenes are hot.

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