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About the Movie
In this mesmerizing and suspenseful film, a woman (Kidman) becomes convinced that a ten-year-old boy is the reincarnation of her dead husband.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 147
- Fresh: 57
- Rotten: 90
- Average Rating: 5.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Presents an intriguing premise about death and the possibility of rebirth in an elegant, melancholy and deliberate fashion.
Rotten: The picture, as a whole, never gets beyond its surface.
Rotten: A dismayingly skillful exercise in high-style creepiness.
Rotten: The movie never delivers on its promises.
The movie is intriguing while being somewhat ponderous. If the close ups of people in pregnant pauses were shortened by half it would cut about 15 minutes out of the movie. There is more than just the linear narrative going on and that's mainly because the film provokes the viewer to examine their emotions and responses to the topic. But it's rather tenuous and by the end I was thinking "That's it?"
One of the best films I have ever seen. Unbelievable performances of tremendous subtlety. Highly original script, very disquieting and affecting. Kidman's performance is particularly surprising. Not one false note.
Everything about this movie is simply perfect: the story is worthy of a space in the canon of American Literature; the entire cast delivers performances that are no less than phenomenal; and the score is so gorgeous it will haunt you. Without films this good, there would be no way of knowing what a mediocre film looks like.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2004
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