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François Girard's adaptation of Alessandro Baricco's period drama Silk stars Michael Pitt as Herve Joncour, a French silkworm merchant who, during a visit to Japan, begins having an affair with a provocative local woman. Keira Knightley portrays Joncour's wife.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 7%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"François Girard's Silk is not merely painterly. It might as well be a painting, for all that it eschews storytelling, forcing the viewer to scan the lush imagery in search of clues to what, if anything, might be going on."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"Silk isn't just bad. It's utterly mad."
‑ Julia Wallace, Village Voice
"It is worse than a straightforward bad film, it is a middling, stagnant film that could have been extraordinary."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, Christianity Today
"Tremulous eroticism a-go-go, but it's all completely lifeless."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Crashing bore of a movie."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Though elegantly staged, Silk is badly written and indifferently cast."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"It's a perfect example of how awful direction and performances can ruin an adequate screenplay."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"i sta narkotika tha se riksei, i stin katatonia, an kaneis to lathos na tin pareis sta sobara os otidipote allo para eykairia eksaskisis ton kanibalistikon soy enstikton"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Dralon is more like it."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A problematic period movie, Silk is anything but finely spun. Unaided by lacklusture performances from the leads, director Francois Girard seems more interested in crafting a beautiful travelogue than he does a moving melodrama."
‑ James Mottram, Film4
"Sensual but profoundly silly, Silk is ultimately little more than softcore porn with arthouse trappings, a moony, dopily romantic Red Shoe Diaries variation for the NPR set."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Limp satire."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"A flat story, lean characters and a miscast lead make this a poor facsimile of period epics like Farewell My Concubine."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"THE new Keira Knightley film is a visual delight. Unfortunately, the dialogue is far from delightful."
‑ , Sun Online
"Francois Girard's film proves a cross-cultural yawn, as if taking its cue from Pitt's blank-faced blandness and Keira Knightley's anaemic support."
‑ Neil Smith,
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