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76

Metascore

Based on 35 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Chicago Sun-Times
The movie is as intelligent a thriller as you'll see this year.
100
San Francisco Chronicle
This thriller is so expertly -- and perversely -- poised that audience members may find themselves secretly rooting for the duplicitous Ripley.
100
San Francisco Examiner
It's that rare movie with a sense of timeliness that is eternal, and a protagonist whose soul-crushed angst, even at its most fatal, speaks to the little boy/girl lost in everyone.
91
Entertainment Weekly
Minghella makes an enticing, intelligent, well-shaped picture about the extreme perils of class envy and sexual panic.
88
USA Today
In a possible breakthrough role, Law would seem to be the big winner.
88
Christian Science Monitor
The picture has fine ensemble acting and superb Italian scenery. It would have more power if it were shorter and tighter.
88
Delivers all the expected moments of high suspense --that is worthy of Hitchcock
80
Rolling Stone
The talented Mr. Minghella has made an imperfect movie but not an impersonal one. His morality tale means to get under the skin, and does.
75
Takes startling - and startlingly unpleasant - turns. This is not a film with anything approximating a conventional ending.
75
New York Daily News
Matt Damon's performance isn't bad, but it pales in comparison with Law's.
74
Mr. Showbiz
A near-perfect confection, a beautifully executed Hollywood all-you-can-eat salad bar of glamour, plot twists, breathtaking Mediterranean vistas, and jazz.

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