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Metascore

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90
Stunningly cinematic and audacious on every level, writer/director Tim Robbins's look at the collision of the Depression-era art world and politics may well be a masterpiece.
80
TNT RoughCut
Entertaining and educational.
78
Austin Chronicle
Commands respect as mainstream filmmaking with more of an agenda than just pimping cinematic junk food to the brain-dead masses.
75
Charlotte Observer
It's packed with such passion, humor, fine acting in small roles - there are no big ones - and vitality in the storytelling that the lesson comes across entertainingly.
75
Boston Globe
Brings the '30s vividly to the screen.
70
Variety
Succeeds far more often than not in delivering a credible, kaleidoscopic portrait of creative, and often famous, individuals.
63
San Francisco Chronicle
Wildly ambitious, unwieldy epic.
60
Village Voice
Historical forces and famous ghosts jostle past each other in this evocation of mid-1930s New York like harried commuters at Grand Central Station.
60
Salon.com
Obviously influenced by the style of Robert Altman's multi-character extravaganzas, Robbins has seized on this incident as the centerpiece in a carnival about the conflicts among art, politics and commerce.
58
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
It's an interesting and likably ambitious movie with an ensemble of mostly engaging character vignettes, but, sadly, it misses its mark.

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