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Francois Girard's adaptation of Alessandro Baricco's novel Silk stars Michael Pitt as a young Frenchman who travels to Japan at the request of a wealthy silkworm magnate who asks him to smuggle back some new worms. The mission succeeds, and this allows the man to live in great comfort with his wife (Keira Knightley). After a few years, they are unable to conceive a child, a situation that leads to the man taking on a lover during his subsequent visits to Japan. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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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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