Chromophobia
Chromophobia (2005)

An all-star ensemble cast, including Penélope Cruz, Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas, shines in this compelling drama. A wealthy family slowly unravels at the seams while struggling with the pressures of modern living.

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 21, 2005
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Quite how this segues into a grand finale defining bathos to the strains of Beethoven almost beggars description, but failed seriousness to this degree of screaming awfulness is choice indeed - unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

It's hard to get past an almost sadistic aloofness in the storytelling, and several of Fiennes's flapping plot strands wither on the vine.

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James Mottram
Film4

Not quite the British Magnolia it wants to be, Chromophobia's melting pot plot is too often little more than overheated melodrama. But aided by Damian Lewis's strong turn, it still manages some unexpectedly poignant moments.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

Save for one sentimental subplot, the writer-director clearly doesn't care for these people very much. Nor is there much reason for viewers to care, either.

Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

One is unsure what the menu is meant to be in this satire/drama/melodrama.

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Anna Smith
BBC.com

A lengthy ensemble piece that's emotionally distant but rarely dull.

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Robert Hanks
Independent

Clichéd and contrived.

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Cath Clarke
Guardian

This is no better, and no worse, than two hours of particularly posh soap opera.

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Neil Smith
Total Film

Given the implausible contrivances that link these disparate protagonists, though, it's hard to care much about any of them in a chilly drama whose sleek aesthetic masks a hollow soul.

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