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The New York Times
It's a movie whose good heart is outweighed by its heavy hand.
The trouble is, director Wayne Blair's perfunctorily handled adaptation of Dalia Sofer's 2008 novel is long on cardboard characterizations and short on genuine tension.
While the film aims for humane evenhandedness, recognizing both Farnez's lower-class condescension and the revolutionaries' hypocrisy, the characters are so skin-deep that we never respond to them as people.
This lifeless, by-the-numbers production is an excruciating exercise in cliche and tedium. Its sole joy is in trying to figure out which of its leads is overacting most.
The result is another vacuous melodrama/thriller that doesn't lay a glove on the era's historical complexities.

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