Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    Aug 26, 2014
    Dunst handles her sidekick role with a mature ease that’s new to her, but it’s the men you remember: Mortensen in psychological freefall and Isaac always tough to read and hiding something behind a handsome, controlled exterior. It’s a gentle and smart blast from the past.
  2. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    May 12, 2014
    A superior directorial debut for a smart, literate screenwriter delivers both first-class character drama and edge-of-your-seat suspense.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Feb 14, 2014
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Feb 11, 2014
    It’s an elegantly pleasurable period thriller, a film of tidy precision and class.
  5. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Feb 11, 2014
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Tara Karajica
    Feb 18, 2014
    Amini's directorial debut is a quiet and graceful achievement that suffers from a number of shortcomings but still works on its own terms.

  7. Reviewed by: Clayton Dillard
    Sep 21, 2014
    Superbly acted and sporadically intriguing thriller, yet it has a difficult time locating more stringent meaning and significance beyond its outward narrative of duplicitous actions and veiled motivations.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Sep 8, 2014
    For a first-time director, Amini demonstrates considerable skill both with actors and with the camera, giving the film a pungent balance of visual elegance and moral seediness.
  9. Reviewed by: Steve Rose
    Aug 26, 2014
    There are many attractive parts to this thriller – handsome leads, a meaty Patricia Highsmith plot, Mediterranean sunlight on cream linen suits – but it's no greater than the sum of them.
  10. Reviewed by: Philip Kemp
    Aug 26, 2014
    Amini’s film offers elegant pleasures and holds the interest – but it never grips as it should.
  11. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Feb 10, 2014
    It's a sterile affair, no ambiguity, no ambivalence, just people doing one thing and then another.
  12. Reviewed by: Daniel Green
    May 21, 2014
    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.

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