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100
Chicago Sun-Times
It is a film with a political point of view, but often its characters lose sight of that, in their fascination with each other and with the girl.
100
An instant classic and a dramatic beauty, a film that gets us to the core of Greene's chilly, dark and romantic view of the post-war world.
100
Noyce's movie pares away the novel's meditations on the futility of war and the importance of religion. It retains the book's thoughtful blending of psychological and moral issues.
100
This thoroughly modern movie pulls off a classical feat. It elicits the searing combination of pity and terror that leaves a viewer feeling purged.
91
Entertainment Weekly
Noyce's movie works because the director -- trusts himself, and his audience, to understand that catastrophe isn't always a matter of loud ideology. Rather, it's the result of age-old human weakness. And sometimes it's quiet.
90
Wall Street Journal
Ever since the movie made a brief appearance late last year to qualify for Oscar consideration, Mr. Caine's performance has been hailed as the best of his career, and surely that's true.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
A film full of a sense of impending danger, betrayal, seduction and destruction. Quite simply, it's great stuff.
75
Caine has never been better, which is saying something. He puts a human face on a tragic era of history in a film that ranks with the year's finest.
75
A smart and literate effort with a few weaknesses.
75
This is intelligent grown-up entertainment on both a political and a humanistic level.
50
New York Daily News
The movie adds nothing to the political dialogue, and the love story is mood-killingly sad. The lure of the exotic can be deceptive, it says. The moody, murky atmosphere leaves nothing clear except that mixed intentions will always yield mixed results.

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