Sommersby
Sommersby (1993)

This Americanized remake of the French classic The Return of Martin Guerre (1982) transports the story's setting from the 16th century Gallic countryside to 19th century Tennessee at the conclusion of the U.S. Civil War. Richard Gere… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 21, 1999
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

Though there is a near vaccuum at the center of the film, Sommersby is never boring, largely because of Ms. Foster's beautifully self-possessed presence.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

It's really an old-fashioned hankie-soaker with Gere and Foster ably jerking tears. An odd yet convincing couple, they won't replace Rhett and Scarlet, and frankly, my dears, who can? But belles wring and bosoms heave in a manner most pleasing.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A winning and soul-stirring exploration of the spiritual meaning of one man's sacrificial death.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

From start to finish, it is a well-crafted film: part love story, part mystery, and all drama.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

If you're looking for a picturesque romance -- with a little intrigue on the side -- you could do worse than Sommersby.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The story idea is an interesting one, but it doesn't quite pan out in the end. There are too many unanswered questions and unresolved conflicts.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A square peg pounded into a round hole -- or, more exactly, a medieval European story that has been unsuccessfully updated to the period of the American Civil War.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lacks whatever magical ingredient there is that makes a film a moving experience and instead settles for being an adequate but not a remarkable achievement.

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Clint Morris
Moviehole

A powerful piece of filmmaking. Gere and Foster are as immaculate as always.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Unfortunately the whole 'Is he/Isn't he' plot soon gets a little tiring but this is still quite a nice film with some good performances from… More
Candy Rose
Great chemistry between Richard and Jodie. Still not sure if he was or was not her husband! Must watch it again!
Wahida K
She knew his face. His touch. His voice. She knew everything about him... But the truth.
Jennifer Xu
kind of tale of two cities-esque with good story and solid acting.
Lady D'arbanville
Based on the story "The Return of Martin Guerre" this is a beautifully and inticately woven tale that tests the strength of love and pride. A story… More
xGary Xx
Rather contrived romance saved from schmaltz soaked mediocrity by a winning performance by Gere and some nicely photographed period detail.

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