Oscar and Lucinda
Oscar and Lucinda (1997)

Australian director Gillian Armstrong directed this Laura Jones adaptation of Peter Carey's 1988 Booker Prize-winning novel. In a lengthy flashback, Oscar Hopkins' great grandson (Geoffrey Rush) narrates the family history that led… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 31, 1997
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

This is after all a Gillian Anderson picture, which means the film's physical production is just as impressive as its spiritual apsiration; Cate Blanchett, in a role originally intended for Judy Davis, is bound to become a major star

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Poetic and poignant film about two oddballs who are destined to meet and to fill each other with delight.

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Peter Henne
Film Journal International

Prettiness, yoked to stirring melodramatic material, is simply overburdened with more than it can deliver.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

There's a lack of dramatic focus, and the leads fail to evince any particular chemistry.

Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

After a promising opening, the film meanders so much I thought it would never end.

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James Sanford
James Sanford on Film

a beautifully observed, wildly unpredictable period piece that's part bittersweet comedy, part adventure and altogether enchanting.

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Michael Dequina

Fiennes and Blanchett have a special magic and air of giddy humor about them when they are together.

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Steve Rhodes
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Has trouble creating compelling characters.

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Red Lats
The mid 1800's is a tough time to be a lady or gentleman. Oscar and Lucinda are meant for each other, but they have to fight through society's rules… More
Doctor Strangeblog
Odd, overlong character drama which during the later stages echoes Werner Herzog's <i>Fitzcarraldo</i>. I lost interest in Oscar's… More
jay nixon
Sloooooooow and ponderous.
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Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Oscar and Lucinda" is about two young people, Oscar and Lucinda, who start out on opposite sides of the world in the 19th… More
Leo L
A fascinating movie.