The English Patient

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 114 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Kamiya
    100
    Minghella, by brilliantly editing the romantic scenes down to a few jagged, archetypal moments, captures something of the sacred whirlwind.
  2. A mesmerizing film that is the most stunning, tempestuous love story in a decade or two of movie making.
  3. 100
    Awash in heart-rending emotions and gorgeous images, this is a movie to lose yourself in.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    Succeeds stunningly on its own terms.
  5. 88
    This is one of the year's most unabashed and powerful love stories, using flawless performances, intelligent dialogue, crisp camera work, and loaded glances to attain a level of eroticism and emotional connection that many similar films miss.
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    Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    80
    It's got both the sweeping spectacle and the keen, tactile sense of human intimacy.
  7. It's reasonably well told and well mounted but little more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 35
  2. Negative: 11 out of 35
  1. TerryS.
    Jan 29, 2008
    10
    This movie was an example of the purest form of story-telling: a kind of pingpong between periods and people involves in the story. It was This movie was an example of the purest form of story-telling: a kind of pingpong between periods and people involves in the story. It was brilliant to have a burned up man, barely alive reminiscing and offering bits and pieces of his past...superb. Expand
  2. Rhys
    Apr 27, 2008
    10
    This film is nothing short of mesmeric. Beautifully written, superbly acted, heart-rending and simply transcendental, it is unquestionably This film is nothing short of mesmeric. Beautifully written, superbly acted, heart-rending and simply transcendental, it is unquestionably the best film I have ever seen. Expand
  3. Feb 12, 2012
    10
    Great film! Real emotions, real life! Heroes were on the top! Music brilliantly selected!
  4. AllanF.
    Feb 15, 2006
    9
    One of the best films ever made, based on one of the best books ever written.
  5. Nov 5, 2015
    7
    Don't let the Seinfeld episode convince you otherwise; The English Patient is nowhere near as bad as Elaine says. Instead, it is actuallyDon't let the Seinfeld episode convince you otherwise; The English Patient is nowhere near as bad as Elaine says. Instead, it is actually quite good. It is quite long, but it never becomes boring and plus, the visuals are so stunningly beautiful throughout, there is no way for you to possibly become bored anyways. Wondrously crafted and bold in scope, The English Patient may not be truly brilliant, but director Anthony Minghella certainly did a fantastic job. However, I will say I never found this one too romantic. People gush about how romantic it is, but it is simply about two scumbags who wind up having sex with one another. Maybe I am just jaded and have extra hatred for cheaters, but anyways. Ralph Fiennes is fantastic, as are Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Naveen Andrews, and Colin Firth. Though I did not find the love story to be charming or romantic, the story told by Fiennes' character is still incredibly moving and full of human drama. The romantic part of the film, to me, would be aimed at the desert, which is beautifully captured at both its best and its worst. A captivating World War II romantic drama, The English Patient is quite long and could stand to be shorter, nor it is particularly impactful, but it remains a beautiful film that does not deserve the negative impression I had going in. Expand
  6. AlM.
    Jul 11, 2006
    3
    Do you realyy believe that the Allies having to take care of a badly burned man in NorthAfrica found best to send him to Italy in the hands Do you realyy believe that the Allies having to take care of a badly burned man in NorthAfrica found best to send him to Italy in the hands of a field hospital. The story is an accumulation of illogical developments that were totally unnecessary to portray a destructive passion that was big by itself. I give a 3 in recognition of cinematographer work. Expand
  7. PaulS.
    Nov 7, 2005
    0
    Nothing to offer, overated, long and boring.

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