Up at the Villa
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In this drama based on a story by W. Somerset Maugham, Mary Panton (Kristin Scott Thomas) is a widow from England who is staying at a villa in Italy in 1938. As war spreads throughout Europe, she finds herself drawn into a web of espionage after she falls in love with an American agent (Sean Penn). Also featuring Anne Bancroft, James Fox, and Derek Jacobi, Up at the Villa was directed and written by the husband and wife team of Phillip Haas and Belinda Haas.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Up at the Villa has the flavor of one of those after-dinner yarns."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Kristin Scott Thomas just makes an already annoying character--Mary is whiny and selfish--even more grating with her broad, overly mannered performance."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Unveils the different shades of love and the ways we can unsettle our lives through impulsive sex."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Could adultery be this boring?"
‑ Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Ultimately, Up at the Villa falls flat because the 'intrigue' of this little drama is sorely lacking."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Got all the style it needs to go with those glorious Tuscan settings."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Here's a tip for casting directors: If you want your female lead to be sympathetic, do not hire Kristen Scott Thomas."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"A travelogue that would be nice were it not so difficult to stay awake."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Scott Thomas and Penn do everything asked of them, but it just isn't quite enough to make this quaint little story into much of a movie."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Whether it was simple nostalgia or something else that drew [the Haases] to Up at the Villa, it feels like the last shot fired in a war that was settled long, long ago."
‑ Tom Block, culturevulture.net
"Kristin Scott Thomas is smashing."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"To inject some comedy into this dull film Derek Jacobi has a small part as a drag queen..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"If you're determined to see it, show up fifteen minutes late and avoid the slow getting-to-know-the-characters sequence."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"This film is full of pretty pictures, nice decorations and beautiful scenery, but lacks any palpable romance, tension or chemistry."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"It's lovely and entertaining, especially for a love story, but it lacks any real drama and passion."
‑ Amber Keinan, Citysearch
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