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  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. Wilder's created world is alive with his erudition, his sympathy for his characters in their loneliness and flawed goodness. This film doesn't do him justice but it's a gesture in the right direction.
  2. 50
    Though handsomely mounted, this parable of intersecting destinies and implacable tragedy is as lifeless as a wax tableau.
  3. Ultimately comes across as a soporific costume drama featuring a gallery of miscast stars.
  4. May be the opposite of trash, but it is something just as disposable: dead literary meat. Dragged down by a stuffy screenplay clotted with generic period oratory, overdressed to the point that the actors seem physically impeded by their ornate costumes, and hopelessly muddled in its storytelling, the movie is edited with a haphazardness that leaves many dots unconnected.
  5. Rates an inquisition of its own. It may not be heresy to fill out an ensemble cast of Peruvian and Spanish characters almost exclusively with non-Hispanic actors, but it certainly destroys any sense of authenticity.
  6. The script and direction by Irish filmmaker Mary McGuckian is just deadly.
  7. 0
    "I am surrounded by oceans of boredom," the campy Abraham complains at one point. It's a sentiment audiences are bound to share.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. TerryS.
    Jan 8, 2007
    I am amazed at the low rating that this movie has received. I thought it was lovely in every aspect. And oddly enough it followed the book almost perfectly. Beautifully done. Expand
  2. kA
    Nov 2, 2008
    I was so touched, enough to do online search on the book and the movie. It is disappointing to read the critics rating, and refreshing to see that many viewers enjoyed it. It is touching..the cast are first rate..the story is deep..the cinematography is stunning. Expand
  3. AngelicaT.
    Dec 28, 2005
    I Enjoy the scene where a chain is taken from a live Velazquez painting. I also think a movie that allows for forming different opinions in the characters is better than a common comercial receipe. My regret is way to many subplots. Expand
  4. WillJ.
    Dec 26, 2006
    Meh... I watched an hour of this bull crap... story so dry, and, uneventful. Got a good laugh out of the costumes, Cathy Bates looked like an unplucked turkey. Collapse
  5. RayeS.
    Nov 10, 2005
    I was embarrassed to watch it. Horrible, DeNiro was awful, choppy story, no wonder there was no publicity for it. Feel bad for the crew- beautiful costumes and Art direction. I can only imagine how much $$ went down the tube. Expand

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