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The English Patient Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The kind of movie you can see twice--first for the questions, the second time for the answers.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Lusts for catharsis yet never quite gets there, because, for all of its bitter romantic anguish, it ultimately coalesces in your head rather than your heart.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    Boasts the elements of something greater than a love story. Too bad it devotes them to something less than a great love story. [22 November 1996, Friday, p.A]

  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    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.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    The big story here is Kristin Scott Thomas' captivating performance.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Stunning, complex mature emotional drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film features its fair share of both gore and sex, although the slow pace of the film keeps either from being overwhelming. There is full-frontal female nudity, a case of adultery, a finger is sliced off, and a sandstorm temporarily strands people in the desert. In addition, there are bloody injuries, bombs, explosions, two plane crashes, and several deaths. There is also substance abuse of both alcohol and morphine.

  • Families can talk about issues surrounding the physical and emotional consequences of war. What are the different responses that the characters have to death, and how do they change? What happens when convictions are treated as the truth? How is adultery portrayed in the film? What are the ramifications of adultery in the film and what might they be in real life?

The good stuff
  • message true-1

    Messages: There are excellent examples of heroism but there is also an adulterous relationship..

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Guns shoot down a plane, wounded soldiers, burn victims, bombs, a sandstorm, explosions, car crash, man is choked to death, suicides, a finger is cut off.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Full frontal nudity (female), sex.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters get drunk to ease pain, many characters drink, morphine is abused.