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  • Summary: Nicolai, an aging Russian physician, returns to the old hotel where he first met his great love, Elise, half a century ago, and relives their tragic love.
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Apr 22, 2014
    60
    It’s unfortunate that Stelling and his cast aren’t able to lift the story much above mawkishness.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Apr 24, 2014
    60
    Pretty in a decaying-opulence sort of way and well cast, the film is more superficial than its nods to highbrow culture would suggest.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    May 28, 2014
    60
    Sumptuous visuals, vivid emotional beats and memorable turns by Bichevin and Hoeks effectively compensate for the verbal sparseness.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Apr 24, 2014
    50
    The movie proves to be a fragile conceit. It’s as likely to fall apart and cause frustration as it is to induce a reverie.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    May 1, 2014
    40
    The film’s emotional center rings coldly hollow, its star-crossed lovers coming off more like projected figures than flesh-and-blood players.
  6. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Apr 24, 2014
    40
    There’s a difference between elemental melodrama and superficial clichés, and gorgeous cinematography and period production design can only delay this recognizance for so long—and certainly not for two grueling hours.
  7. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Apr 22, 2014
    30
    It's time to return this old painting to the attic.

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