Metascore
69

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  • Summary: In 1962, the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst), arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinthian Canal. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette’s beauty and impressed by Chester’s wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner. However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands, and Chester’s affable exterior hides darker secrets. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Feb 11, 2014
    80
    It’s an elegantly pleasurable period thriller, a film of tidy precision and class.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Feb 14, 2014
    80
    Best known as the screenwriter of such subtext-rich adaptations as “The Wings of the Dove” and “Drive,” Amini excels at conveying the subtle, unspoken tensions between characters, selecting a tightrope-risky example with which to make his directorial debut and orchestrating it with aplomb.
  3. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    May 12, 2014
    80
    A superior directorial debut for a smart, literate screenwriter delivers both first-class character drama and edge-of-your-seat suspense.
  4. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Feb 11, 2014
    70
    On his first trip behind the camera, the British-Iranian Amini shows his skill at working with actors and sensing the way they can fill out literary characters. His screenplay generally feels more naturalistic than Highsmith, the dialogue less spare.
  5. Reviewed by: Tara Karajica
    Feb 18, 2014
    67
    Amini's directorial debut is a quiet and graceful achievement that suffers from a number of shortcomings but still works on its own terms.


  6. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Feb 10, 2014
    58
    It's a sterile affair, no ambiguity, no ambivalence, just people doing one thing and then another.
  7. Reviewed by: Daniel Green
    May 21, 2014
    40
    Amini has proven his narrative acumen before and will undoubtedly do so again, but his inaugural stint behind the camera offers only fleeting glimpses of Highsmith's seductive, satirical prose that old hands such as Clément, Hitchcock and Minghella have so notably put to good use.