Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. One of the most powerful romances of recent years, it is as generous as they come.
  2. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    100
    Gordon directs with a graceful precision and shorthand that makes the story seem simple, though it's anything but. Indeed, it's fascinatingly complex, juggling time periods and political, mystical, and psychological themes without ever losing touch with the core message: Love conquers all.
  3. It is a film of uncommon intelligence and rigor that illuminates a complex era, and the romance at its center is also one of exceptional passion and honesty.
  4. Offbeat tale, which tackles weighty themes. But sentimentality overtakes intelligence.
  5. 75
    It's almost startling to see a film that believes in itself and its characters so deeply.
  6. Structurally flawed, occasionally shlocky, but written with unusual intelligence and subtlety.
  7. Reviewed by: Milton Kent
    75
    Gordon deserves credit for at least attempting to deal with political themes, and the tension isn't bad either.
  8. A film with a real depth, resonance and texture, and room for an ensemble of supporting characters.
  9. 70
    Catches the volatile beauty of what it was to be alive and politically aware in the early '70s with a rare accuracy and depth.
  10. A pensive, reflective movie, more or less equal in tone to Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm," yet, because of its temporal breadth and tight emotional focus, it packs a more intimate punch.
  11. 70
    This wonderfully acted romance brings the touching fantasy "Truly, Madly, Deeply" to mind.
  12. 63
    Has a good heart and some fine performances, but is too muddled at the story level to involve us emotionally.
  13. As involved as Crudup and Connelly beseech you to be with this story, their very youthfulness, their nagging lack of adulthood, keeps the film from being anything more credible than a tight grad-school tryst.
  14. Its virtues are still genuine and durable enough to resist the blandishments of hype.
  15. 58
    The movie is a shambles, a rambling, disjointed love tragedy with a story that amounts to little more than a mess of fade-outs, sloppy montages, and dramatic sketches.
  16. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    50
    By the time of Fielding's and Sarah's final, gooey encounter, she's not the only one who needs waking.
  17. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    It's too fragmented and diffuse to ever bring its parts together in any really satisfying manner.
  18. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    A tale of conscience lost and found becomes little more than a smart but tepid ghost story for idealists and '60s survivors, and not a terribly spooky one at that.
  19. 50
    The film is one of the more adult offerings out there in a spring movie season peppered with martial arts and superheroes. It may be just what you're looking for.
  20. Enough to anesthetize the living.
  21. 50
    Gorden teases out some affecting scenes, but not enough to carry a film that promises more than it delivers.
  22. 50
    Its evocation of the politics and Zeitgeist of the late '60s is so right on, as we used to say, that it left me stunned.
  23. 50
    Crudup tends to take average parts in standard genre films and turn them into something special.
  24. Forever stumbling over itself and breaking its own spell.
  25. Reviewed by: Bob Campbell
    33
    As so often happens, politics and religion add up to a double dose of self-righteousness.
  26. Spanning the counterculture '70s to the more career-oriented '80s and doing justice to neither decade, this event-heavy adaptation of Scott Spencer's novel may give viewers whiplash.

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