Pascali's Island
Pascali's Island (1988)

The year is 1908; after centuries of unchecked power, the Ottoman empire is rapidly crumbling. As a result, Turkey's secret agents--those that haven't already been eliminated by downsizing or death--operate in a vacuum, their… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 1, 1988
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Variety Staff

Despite an eye-catching but mannered central performance from Ben Kingsley, looms as too languid and remote to make much impact.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A literary adaptation that takes itself so seriously one longs for Gilligan and the Skipper.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Exotically Levantine.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

The milieu may seem remote but the performances illuminate, and the story has an originality that compensates for the modest budget.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is a mood piece, meditative, in which even the melodrama of the plot grows out of the flawed souls of the characters. Everything in a film like this depends on performance, and it is hard to imagine how it could have been better cast.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A literate, well-acted movie set in 1908 that conveys how difficult and disarming it is to live in a world where no one can be trusted.

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Caryn James
New York Times

Slow and stately, Pascali's Island never gets beneath its own superficial gentility.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Helen Mirren has always been good at playing sexy eccentrics. But it is Kingsley's performance, as the despairing victim of his own actions, that makes this island worth a visit.

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