Up at the Villa

Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31

Critic Reviews

  1. The story has old-fashioned characters and situations, and Haas has sensibly filmed it in an old-fashioned way, stressing visual appeal rather than the story's sordid undertones. The acting is excellent, too.
  2. It's a corker of a story - a polished yarn full of desire, desperation and despair.
  3. 75
    A refined, tasteful film about pure, hard lust.
  4. 75
    This whole movie is about manners. There is sex and violence, but the movie is not about giving in to them; it's about carrying on as if they didn't exist.
  5. In the most extreme moments, Thomas hits her career pinnacle.
  6. All of Haas' movies have an air of weirdness and dread, and this one is no exception. But it's romantic as well.
  7. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Is a chamber romance, in that there's nothing grand or sweeping about it, but it's got all the style it needs to go with those glorious Tuscan settings.
  8. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    This least affected of their (Haases) movies is also the most dramatically and emotionally convincing.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    70
    Scott Thomas and Penn finally develop a bit of unlikely chemistry, aided by the Hitchcockian atmosphere. I found myself rooting for these foolish, pampered, naïve people, and rooting for the movie as well.
  10. It has some wonderful moments and a handful of delicious Maughamian characters.
  11. A charmingly mounted, period romantic drama that benefits from the performances of a fine ensemble cast and the lovely location settings of Florence and Tuscany.
  12. It's low-grade Casablanca - an ill-fated love affair, rife with murder and deceit, with World War II as a backdrop and a farewell scene that has something to do with getting to Paris.

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