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  • Summary: An intricately plotted tale of thwarted love and betrayal which tells the story of an extravagantly rich American widower (Nolte) and his sheltered daughter (Beckinsale), both of whom marry only to discover that their respective mates, a beautiful American expatriate and an impoverished Italian aristocrat (Thurman and Northam), are entangled with one another in a romantic intrigue of seduction and deceit. (Lions Gate Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Yet another Merchant Ivory triumph.
  2. 80
    A meticulously mounted film that retains the author's ambiguous characterizations yet is still emotionally accessible.
  3. Too staid and stolid for audiences on the hunt for easy entertainment.
  4. There's no mirth, and precious little passion, left in this house.
  5. What makes Nolte so much stronger than the other performers is precisely this sense of mysteriousness and indirection, which doesn't really correspond to the Adam Verver of the novel but certainly jibes with James's overall method.
  6. 50
    Dances in circles until you tire of admiring it.
  7. 25
    Takes a literary milestone of ambiguity and makes everything about it blisteringly obvious.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. ReneeD.
    Jul 19, 2006
    Those who enjoy period pieces will find this movie thoughtful and intriguing. The morés of that era demand the emotional subleties and restraints portrayed in the film and those who do not appreciate the formality of that era will probably find this movie less than engrossing. Apart from this, the movie was beautifully made and in itself makes this movie worth viewing. Expand

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