Twice Born
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Italian actor/director Sergio Castellitto takes the helm for this romantic war drama concerning a mother who finds her memories of a tragic romance stirred during a trip to Sarajevo with her teenage son. The year was 1984. With the Winter Olympics fast approaching, Gemma (PenÚlope Cruz) was in Bosnia when she fell in love with dashing American photographer Diego (Emile Hirsch). Their passions burned bright during their brief time together, but shortly after Gemma voiced her desire to become a mother, civil war erupted and plunged the country -- and their romance -- into chaos. Flash forward to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's debatable whether the best love stories are also the "weirdest," as Emile Hirsch's character declares in "Twice Born." But they do require chemistry, the missing piece in his pairing with PenÚlope Cruz."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"A magnificent performance from Penelope Cruz."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"Twice Born wants so desperately to be taken seriously that it creates an unnecessarily complex narrative, void of any chemistry-building moments for its romantic leads."
‑ Shawn Hazelett, Under the Radar
"This European production is thoroughly cheesy and phony, nowhere less so than in its florid, undeliverable dialogue, which sounds like it's been translated, poorly, from various languages into English."
‑ Matt Prigge, Metro
"It was doomed before the first scene was shot."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, The Dissolve
"Sergio Castellitto's film projects a tumultuous love story against the backdrop of the Bosnian War for independence, and then seems unaware that the foreground overshadows it in the worst possible way."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, TheWrap
"Yes, it's all as clunky and tasteless as the description suggests, and the awkward casting doesn't improve this overlong drama."
‑ Christy Lemire,
"The type of cinematic slog one watches and thinks, 'This would actually be much more interesting as a book.' And that makes sense, really, since that's its original medium."
‑ Brent Simon, Paste Magazine
"Castellitto clings to the Duraflame fires within for Twice Born, a handsomely crafted but empty feature hoping to recreate Eastern European horror and soap opera intimacy."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"An old fashioned war romance that benefits from its third act surprises."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
""Twice Born" chokes to death on its own melodrama."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"One odd movie, from the casting of its leads to its backdrop to its final twist."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Sergio Castellitto's film quickly turns out to be more interested in reveling in the secrets of its storyline than in its sentiments."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"When setting a love story in a war-torn environment, it's nice to actually recognize the who, what and why of the conflict."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
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