Truly, Madly, Deeply
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Juliet Stevenson plays a London woman who finds it impossible to overcome the death of her musician lover Alan Rickman. Tuning out reality, Stevenson begins an affair with Rickman's ghost, whose charms overcome his lack of warmth. Keeping her spectral romance a secret, Stevenson soon finds herself entertaining Rickman's equally deceased friends. Whether or not all these ghosts are figments of Stevenson's imagination is never made clear, but they do all evaporate when she launches a relationship with flesh-and-blood teacher Michael Mahoney.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a beguiling film in more ways than one."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Miss Stevenson, Mr. Rickman and Mr. Maloney, good actors all, work tirelessly on behalf of the insistently gooey and smug material."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Like Ghost, only British and better."
‑ , Film4
"Even though the ghosts can walk through walls the script can't get past its emotionally manipulative love story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Deeply moving film that only underscores the tragedy of continually casting Rickman as a villain."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"This sharply scripted study of a bereaved woman who literally wishes her partner back from the grave is an impressive directorial bow by British playwright Anthony Minghella."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Minghella lays on the whimsy a bit thick at times, but his wryly funny and heartfelt observations on sorrow go down much easier than the Hollywood brand of lump-in-the-throat histrionics."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A wonderful, bittersweet little romantic comedy."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A truly, madly, deeply romantic film."
‑ Michael Dequina,
""a slightly cerebral 'Ghost' for the art-house crowd""
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"As a metaphor for the experience of bereavement, the conceit is over-extended, though Stevenson almost makes it work."
‑ , Time Out
"It's a sweetly affecting tug of the heart."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"off-beat and involving"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Odd, effective little comedy fantasy anchored by leads."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Truly Madly Deeply is an odd duck of a movie that never really gets off the ground."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
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