Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 6 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Dec 5, 2013
    75
    Teeming with familiar war-film clichés and at times almost unbearably melodramatic, Twice Born is nevertheless worth the effort, thanks in large part to a magnificent performance from Penelope Cruz and some fine work from the international supporting cast.
  2. 63
    Twice Born fails to tug at the heartstrings or wring tears from us. Hirsch plays exuberant and callow well, Cruz is tragic and earthy as ever. But the two of them never really click — sex scenes included.
  3. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Dec 4, 2013
    42
    One hundred minutes of snooze-inducing troubled romance eventually gives way to a strange, interesting backstory. It doesn’t manage to recast the preceding feature’s worth of movie in a different light, but instead makes the viewer wish the film had gotten to the end sooner.
  4. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Dec 31, 2013
    40
    The drama is undone by hyperventilating poetics and a busy time-hopping structure.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Dec 4, 2013
    40
    Nearly every superficial element of the movie is badly misconceived; it was doomed before the first scene was shot.
  6. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Dec 3, 2013
    40
    The movie’s nagging inconsistency goes from merely grating to flat-out jaw-dropping, courtesy of late-game plot twists that squander whatever benefit of the doubt may remain.
  7. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    Dec 3, 2013
    40
    Sergio Castellitto's Twice Born irresponsibly appropriates the horrific siege of Sarajevo to serve as aesthetic backdrop for a story that exhibits no real interest in the conflict.
  8. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Dec 6, 2013
    38
    Yes, it's all as clunky and tasteless as the description suggests, and the awkward casting doesn't improve this overlong drama.
  9. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Dec 6, 2013
    38
    About the only reason to stay with this increasingly histrionic film is to satisfy curiosity about exactly how Diego will (as we learn at the outset) die, but long before we learn that Twice Born chokes to death on its own melodrama.
  10. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Dec 6, 2013
    38
    Sergio Castellitto's film quickly turns out to be more interested in reveling in the secrets of its storyline than in its sentiments.
  11. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Dec 5, 2013
    20
    Dripping with floridly phony dialogue that no actor should be forced to speak, this paternity mystery uses the Bosnian conflict as the manipulative backdrop to a preposterously overwrought and overlong melodrama.
  12. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Dec 5, 2013
    20
    Whatever thoughtful instincts Mr. Castellitto might possess are undermined by his addiction to cinematic prettiness.
  13. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Dec 5, 2013
    20
    The tragic Balkan conflict of the 1990s is due for a sweeping, important and engaging cinematic remembrance. Twice Born wants to be that movie — a Bosnian “Doctor Zhivago” — but falls short.

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