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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. 88
    So breathtaking, so beautiful, so bold in its imagination, that it's a surprise at the end to find it doesn't finally deliver.
  2. Too bad. What dreams may come, indeed, when such enticing foreplay ends with a consummation devoutly to be missed.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    A heaping serving of metaphysical gobbledygook wrapped in a physically striking package.
  4. 50
    An effects vehicle disguised as a metaphysical meditation (or a metaphysical meditation disguised as an effects vehicle?), this strikingly unimaginative 1998 movie contains visuals that can barely assert their niftiness amid the vacuous themes.
  5. Like most dreams revisited with eyes wide open, this one's content dissolves into a transparent puddle of inchoate thoughts and predictable iconography.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    40
    A noble but supernaturally dull movie.
  7. Reviewed by: David Armstrong
    25
    A scary example of bad movies happening to good people.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Sep 10, 2011
    10
    I could not follow this mixed up movie. The depictions of heaven and hell showed heaven to be as depressing as hell, some place no one would want to be. I finally just turned the movie off since I got absolutely no enjoyment out of it, glad it was free. The only thing I really enjoyed about this movie was the beautiful home this couple lived in. That was all. Expand
  2. Sep 8, 2013
    9
    BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Any critic that have it less than 9 is a heartless cold soul.
    So much beauty/pain/love all together in one!!
    I cry every
    time. Only downfall is you need tissues for this movie, it's a sad film for the most part. Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2012
    6
    The main thing about this movie are the visual effects, which are awesome for the year 1998! Heaven and hell are shown in a subtle way, which is very interesting and really memorable. The actors are disappointing and the story is predictable. But it's touching and good picturized from this great book! All in all, it's good but could've been way better! (I liked the alternative ending on the special DVD better - look for Wikipedia if you want to know what it is!) Expand
  4. Jan 16, 2012
    2
    Besides the film being visually appealing the acting fails to impress along with its confusing story that is supposed to be emotionally gut-wrenching which it isn't. I give this film 24%. Collapse

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