Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Elaborate visual mounting and iconographic placement of the romantic leads are the movie's preoccupation, with the overthrow of Batista merely providing local color."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The glittering decadence of this culture on the verge of collapse is in fact the film's most fascinating aspect, and Mr. Pollack has re-created it extravagantly."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The central pair's shattering, once-in-a-lifetime passion cries out for more urgency and emotional power."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Another top-notch effort from Pollack."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"It drips with class and craftsmanship, but the magic is not there"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Director Sydney Pollack and star Robert Redford have lost their normally dependable quality touch as they slog through a notably uncompelling $45 million-plus tale of a gringo caught up in the Cuban revolution."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Some fundamental things still do apply as time goes go by."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Handsomely produced, with a typically mesmerizing performance by Redford, alas this fails to exploit its intriguing political background and ends up being more of a routine and ineffective romance."
‑ , Film4
"Mediocre Redford drama set in Cuba of semi-old, directed OK by Pollack."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Yu might as well look at the background; you are not missing much in the foreground."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
"The whole thing lacks conviction."
‑ , Time Out
"At best, Pollack achieves a counterfeit sense of this atmosphere. But he insists on continuing the card game anyway, an over-extended misdeal of a movie that refuses to fold."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Unfortunately, against that impressive backdrop, Pollack mounts a film that is lifeless and slow-moving, offering neither a compelling love story nor a tense tale of a city in turmoil."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An old-fashioned and bittersweet tale about romance."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Superficial, contrived and talky."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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