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Head in the Clouds Review

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

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Stuart Townsend, Theron's reallife boyfriend, may have inner fires as an actor that have yet to be revealed, but in Head in the Clouds he's a somber puppy who looks as if Theron could eat him alive. I wish she had.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Unconvincing melodrama.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Townsend seemed to me ill-matched as a romantic hero: way too moony-eyed and mushy to cope with the likes of the towering Theron and torchy Cruz.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Charlize Theron is one of the few actresses equal to the role, bringing to it beauty, steel-edged repose, and mystery.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

This soapy saga is for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has extremely explicit sexual references and situations, including orgies, promiscuity, sadism, and same-sex relationships. Characters drink, smoke, and use very strong language. The movie has battle and other wartime violence, torture, and sexual violence. Characters are injured and killed.

  • Families can talk about their own views on determinism vs. free will and how we decide when to become involved in others' fights for freedom.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Battle violence, sexual violence, car crash.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Very explicit sexual references and situations including multiple partners, same-sex partners, nudity.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking, characters get drunk.