Miramax Films | Release Date: November 30, 2007
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DBFeb 24, 2008
I often indulge in films that could be considered more artistic and independent, so I never thought I'd use the tern "art-house" in a negative manner. But, well, here goes: This film is a poorly made, utterly pretentious, art-house I often indulge in films that could be considered more artistic and independent, so I never thought I'd use the tern "art-house" in a negative manner. But, well, here goes: This film is a poorly made, utterly pretentious, art-house bore. While good cinematography and decent performances save it from being unbearable, Julian Schnabel (an Academy Award nominee and an Independent Spirit Award winner for directing this film) has NO idea how to construct a compelling narrative or create emotional attachment to characters. He's a painter, for god sake, exactly when did he earn the qualifications to tell us a feature-length story? In a flaw exhibited in earlier films of his such as "Before Night Falls," Schnabel presents us a chronological blow by blow of an over-sentimentalized story without any eye for pace or beginning, middle and end. This creates a complete disconnect between us and the characters we are supposed to be empathizing with, and also creates a repetitive narrative structure that, in plain English, bores the living hell out of anyone who isn't just trying to like the movie cause it got a 92 on metacritic. See it, and then test out your acting skills as you try to find ways to agree with the embarrassingly enthusiastic reviews. Expand
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AnonymousMCJan 13, 2008
letter by letter is tedious beyond reason...instead of walking out, of the theatre
I sat there working out faster ways to communicate.
The reviewers that drew me into seeing this most boring movie of the year must themselves be locked
letter by letter is tedious beyond reason...instead of walking out, of the theatre
I sat there working out faster ways to communicate.
The reviewers that drew me into seeing this most boring movie of the year must themselves be locked
into the syndrome.
in that situation...we do have the game 20 questions (animal, mineral , vegetable .)
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MelN.Apr 4, 2008
While many men might like to imagine that should they find themselves "locked in" they would be able to command a troupe of beautiful women who would devote their lives to selflessy caring for them and crying over them, the scenario While many men might like to imagine that should they find themselves "locked in" they would be able to command a troupe of beautiful women who would devote their lives to selflessy caring for them and crying over them, the scenario doesn't come across as realistic. It comes across as sentimental, sexist drivel. I haven't read the book but would be surprised if the scene where the wife "translates" his message for the lover without a word of complaint (but lots of silent tears) actually took place. Expand
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jhepAug 9, 2015
I agree with the other negative reviews (of which there are far too few).....this is a very mediocre film about a very unusual tragedy that happened to a rather dull and very successful bourgeois who edits a slick fashion magazine......yes-I agree with the other negative reviews (of which there are far too few).....this is a very mediocre film about a very unusual tragedy that happened to a rather dull and very successful bourgeois who edits a slick fashion magazine......yes- he was very determined to fight back against his cruel illness....but where is the drama or the interest beyond this point ?......the film runs out of steam very early and director Schnabel really has no idea of what to do with the material.....also Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo" isn't really a jaw-dropping masterpiece as Bauby and the film and implies. Martin Pistorius had a similar condition and wrote a far more interesting book about it called "Ghost Boy". Expand
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