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About the Movie
Winner of 9 Academy Awards(R) in 1996, including Best Picture, Best Director (Anthony Minghella) and Best Supporting Actress (Juliette Binoche), this powerful motion picture is an experience you will never forget. During World War II, a mysterious stranger (Ralph Fiennes) is cared for by American allies unaware of his dangerous past. Yet, as the mystery of his identity is revealed, an incredible tale of passion, intrigue, and adventure unfolds. Also starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth, and Willem Dafoe.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 80
- Fresh: 67
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 7.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The cast is superb: Binoche, with her thin, seraphic smile; Scott Thomas, aware of the spell she casts but not flaunting it; Fiennes, especially, radiating sexy mystery, threat shrouded in hauteur. Doom and drive rarely have so much stately star quality.
Rotten: A respectable, intelligent but less than stirring adaptation of an imposingly dense and layered novel.
Fresh: Out of each of these uprooted characters are spun stories of love, loyalty and betrayal.
Fresh: The triumph of the film lies not just in the force and range of the performances, but in Minghella's creation of an intimate epic: vast landscapes mingle with the minute details of desire, and the combination is transfixing.
2 hours 41 minutes and 45 seconds of my life down the drain
I saw it at the theatre and was unable to become emotionally attached to a single character. (That's not like me either.) The greatest thing about this movie is that it eventually ends. I was shocked when I watched the Oscars and saw all the awards this film got. What in the world did they see that I didn't? Maybe they got an Oscar for not making it a three hour movie. The only thing I know for sure is that you will either love or hate The English Patient.
Why would anyone watch this?
I sat, I watched, I tried and after 40 minutes I craved for IBS as a more entertaining option. Boring does not begin to describe this level of tedious, obtuse, pedantic predictability. Nearly three hours of romantic cliché upon cliché. Sure there was acting and filming of scenes and vistas, but at to why this puerile contrition to professional critics smug arrogance of superioty would ever be nominated for anything, I find unable to justify or even rationalize in any way. I can only imagine what drove any reviewer to consider this film entertainment. I've seen better acting on TV episodes airing on Nick-at-Night and better cinematography on PBS. I found the characters contrived and pathetic, simply not likable or worthy of empathy in any way and completely unrealistic for what presents as a period drama. Though I was forced to sit through the entirety of this dismal showing, I cannot understand why anyone would desire to punish themselves for a second showing. A documentary presenting how paint dries would be much more entertaining. Save your time, money, and yourselves for something better or more important, such as doing your taxes. Better that than suffering through this mind crushing lump disguised as intellectual, emotional and dramatic entertainment.