'The English Patient' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   0 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   61 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    An elegant, accomplished piece of high modernist filmmaking.
    Full Review » 18 years ago
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    100
    A stunning feat of literary adaptation as well as a purely cinematic triumph.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    An aerobic workout for the tear ducts.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Rita Kempley Washington Post (Top Critic)
    The result is completely intoxicating.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    This is a movie to lose yourself in.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jeff Millar Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    This is the real thing, and real things don't come along very often, so you'd better snap them up when they do.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The triumph of the film lies not just in the force and range of the performances, but in Minghella's creation of an intimate epic: vast landscapes mingle with the minute details of desire, and the combination is transfixing.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    This poetic, evocative film version of the famous novel by Michael Ondaatje circles down through layers of mystery until all of the puzzles in the story have been solved, and only the great wound of a doomed love remains.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Mark Caro Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    With its fine acting, sumptuous visuals and levels of intrigue, The English Patient boasts the elements of something greater than a love story. Too bad it devotes them to something less than a great love story.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    For all the film's effectiveness as a love story, I often felt I was being hurried through a busy itinerary.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    100
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    A respectable, intelligent but less than stirring adaptation of an imposingly dense and layered novel.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Gary Kamiya Salon.com (Top Critic)
    The English Patient, the superb new film by Anthony Minghella, is that rarest of things: a film based on a great contemporary novel.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Sarah Kerr Slate (Top Critic)
    The whole film is permeated with tenderness for its hurt characters, whom Minghella sees as just a small slice in the fellowship of people who love and suffer.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    This is one of the year's most unabashed and powerful love stories, using flawless performances, intelligent dialogue, crisp camera work, and loaded glances to attain a level of eroticism and emotional connection that many similar films miss.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    The cast is superb: Binoche, with her thin, seraphic smile; Scott Thomas, aware of the spell she casts but not flaunting it; Fiennes, especially, radiating sexy mystery, threat shrouded in hauteur. Doom and drive rarely have so much stately star quality.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    Get ready for the great romance of the movie year.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    100
    The English Patient captivates as only the grandest and most consuming passions can.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Total Film
    80
    Films this good don't come along very often -- The English Patient is one to savour.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    50
    Overlong and stifling high-class desert war story that mixes a tearjerker romance with a beguiling mystery story.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Film4
    80
    Gorgeous looking and achingly romantic literary adaptation that showcases expert performances by Fiennes and Scott Thomas.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • David Ansen Newsweek
    Out of each of these uprooted characters are spun stories of love, loyalty and betrayal.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Rob Gonsalves eFilmCritic.com
    100
    The sand seems to drench the actors in deep golden light; the sky is a rich, muted blue, like a still and suspended sea.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    75
    Fiennes is solid, if occasionally a little remote, as the dashing man of action. But Kristin Scott Thomas is the film's revelation.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    84
    Among many achievements, John Seal's strikingly precise photography draws contrast, which is significant in the text, between sensual imagery of the adulterous affair between Fiennes and Scott Thomas and jarring images of desert wartime brutality.
    Full Review » 8 years ago