Stealing Beauty
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This beautiful if ponderous soufflé of a film from director Bernardo Bertolucci serves more as an Italian travelogue than a drama. Liv Tyler stars as Lucy Harmon, an American teenager arriving in the lush Tuscan countryside to visit family friends residing there. Lucy visited four years earlier and exchanged a kiss with a handsome boy with whom she hopes to become reacquainted. Lucy's mother has committed suicide since then, and the teenager also hopes to discover the identity of her father, whom her mother hinted was a resident of the villa. Once she arrives, Lucy meets a variety of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] hilariously inscrutable exercise in pseudo-profundity."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"[Bertolucci] builds an homage to beauty around a sullen void."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Meditation on sex, life, death; older teens only."
‑ Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
"Liv Tyler is radiant, but the film itself suffers from the same self-indulgence that always hampers Bertolucci's work."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Auteur-slumming at The WB"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"A civilized, mellow, and generally graceful chamber piece."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"In contrasting the sexuality and rebellion of Lucy's generation with his own, Bertolucci clearly yearns to rekindle his creative spirit."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Elaborately awful."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The script is in keeping with the fabric of the film. It's languid and meanders about a bit, but, coupled with the lush and inviting Tuscany countryside, this is not a bad thing at all."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Somewhat erotic and warm, and pleasant to gaze at."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A welcome reminder of Bertolucci's directorial assurance."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Even a lesser Bertolucci is an event, and Stealing Beauty has its charms."
‑ Jack Mathews, Los Angeles Times
"I find it to be one of his most sublime achievements, filled with a sunny laziness and slow awakening."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Gorgeous Tuscan scenery and a breakthrough performance by Liv Tyler help make this sudsy flick entertaining."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Hollywood Bitchslap
"Vale la pena completamente..."
‑ Alex Ramirez, Cinenganos
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