Signs & Wonders

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6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6

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  1. PaulaW.
    Jan 1, 2002
    3
    Just because a film cost many millions to make, that doesn't mean it will entertain you; on the other hand, just because it's grainy doesn't mean it's high-minded and authentic. Exhibit A: this pastiche of French bedroom farce, clunky art-film dialogue, pseudo-Chomskyite anti-Americanism, and Semiotics 101. The dialogue must have been written in French then translated Just because a film cost many millions to make, that doesn't mean it will entertain you; on the other hand, just because it's grainy doesn't mean it's high-minded and authentic. Exhibit A: this pastiche of French bedroom farce, clunky art-film dialogue, pseudo-Chomskyite anti-Americanism, and Semiotics 101. The dialogue must have been written in French then translated into English. Stellan Skarsgard and Charlotte Rampling, two of the best actors working today, are wasted on this straw-man exercise. Signs & Wonders has a little visual and audio style, but that's about it. The reason I hated this film, probably more than it deserves, is that it's a shoddy adaptation of one of my favorite books, Don DeLillo's wonderful and uncategorizable novel The Names, about an American's year in Athens circa 1980. What a shock to learn that Jonathan Nossiter is actually American: this looks like the work of someone who's never met an actual American in his life. Expand
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. 70
    Offers up keys and cakes and plunges its characters down a deep rabbit hole.
  2. 75
    As a drama about the ravages of mental illness, the movie works; too bad most of the critics read it only as a romantic soap opera in which the hero is an obsessive sap. They read the signs but miss the diagnosis.
  3. Smug, often tedious, and comically crude.