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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    100
    It feels like a dream that a movie could have this kind of poetic grace and epic sweep, or could be so faithful to its source and still work so perfectly as a film.
  2. 100
    A big, fat old-fashioned gush of passion as drawn through a post-modernist prism that makes it less easily comprehensible but more beguiling.
  3. A mesmerizing film that is the most stunning, tempestuous love story in a decade or two of movie making.
  4. Reviewed by: Sarah Kerr
    90
    The acting of this central trio is brilliant, in part because the crisscrossing of these and other stories and the gorgeous backdrops take some of the weight off: The characters are free to be flawed without losing our interest.
  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.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    80
    The look, the feel, the brood-y, brilliant cast: This is an oddly affecting movie, all right, a jellyroll of Bronte and Hemingway.
  7. It's reasonably well told and well mounted but little more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 34
  2. Negative: 11 out of 34
  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 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 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. Apr 6, 2012
    9
    What a marvelous movie is this one! It touches your heart, it moves you!. The photography is spectacular, and the performances were great. This is classic, and I wish we had more movies as deep as this one is...I think it is about time for me to watch it again. Not a 10, but a 9 for sure! I highly recommend it. Expand
  5. Dec 7, 2012
    8
    Really, reviewers? Can't you identify a great film when you've watched it? 'The English Patient' won 9 Oscar and everyone (or at least 7 of them) are merited. The screen adaption of this criticly praised book (I haven't read) is very good directed, has a simply fantastic score, magnificient cinematography and highly talented actors. I admit that it could've been shorter and the love story gets too kitschy partly, however it's the best movie of 1996 and totally touching! 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 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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