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6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
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  1. JayH.
    Jul 10, 2009
    6
    Well produced, but they seemed to try too hard on the period detail. Too many slow stretches prevent it from being a great film. The film lacks spunk, it's too bland. The performances are fine, good art direction.
  2. AndrewE
    Mar 29, 2009
    9
    A fantastic film. Very well acted, atmospheric with brilliant set pieces. The drama between these characters can be electric. One of my favourite movies this year.
  3. Roz
    Apr 16, 2009
    3
    A period piece that has no idea what it wants to be, crippled by the presence of a preposterously unlikable core character. Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy march off with the acting honors, though Miller can't corral her supposedly Irish accent and Murphy's William Killick spends eighty percent of the film off-screen. Keira Knightley is her usual brittle self, and Dylan Thomas, A period piece that has no idea what it wants to be, crippled by the presence of a preposterously unlikable core character. Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy march off with the acting honors, though Miller can't corral her supposedly Irish accent and Murphy's William Killick spends eighty percent of the film off-screen. Keira Knightley is her usual brittle self, and Dylan Thomas, as portrayed by Matthew Rhys, is such a boozing, backstabbing sponge and a cad that you can't understand why either of his so-called "great loves" had anything to do with him. Next time, hire a script editor for Sharman Macdonald, and tell Ms. Macdonald she's to pick a theme and stick with it. Expand
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39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    60
    The cast is strong and the first act has an intriguingly dreamy quality, but it gives way to a soggy ending.
  2. The film belongs to the women, with Knightley going from strength to strength (and showing she can sing!) and Miller again proving that she has everything it takes to be a major movie star.
  3. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    50
    While the period drama has several redeeming features, tonally it's all over the map, veering between artsy stylization and hum-drum, sometimes almost twee melodrama.