(2001)

Critic Reviews

33

Metascore

Based on 24 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Chicago Sun-Times
The movie is not intended to be subtle. It is sweaty, candle-lit melodrama, joyously trashy, and its photography wallows in sumptuous decadence.
70
Chicago Reader
Retained my interest and sympathy -- at least until the nonsensical ending,
63
Chicago Tribune
Jolie and Banderas are two hot actors, in many senses of the word, and their scenes together have a lewd excitement.
60
Ridiculous, yes, but in an eminently watchable way. Most of the plot twists work surprisingly well, and the frequently naked leads work up some genuine chemistry.
50
It's not nearly as mediocre a two hours as the trailers would have you think.
50
Boston Globe
Despite the heavy-handedness, isn't awful enough to be a hilarious howler. But neither is it good enough to become the tropical noir it could have been.
42
Entertainment Weekly
Aspires to blasphemy but achieves only banality.
30
L.A. Weekly
The director belabors every moment, forgetting that pulp tales need to be told quickly, lest the viewer have time to second-guess.
25
New York Post
Even the lovemaking scenes between two of Hollywood's most attractive stars -- often shot from above, like Cinemax soft porn -- are so unerotic, they make your skin crawl.
20
Everything in this film is forgettable, right down to bongos pounding on the soundtrack to indicate a quickening of the pulse.

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