Sommersby (1993)

Based on the French film The Return of Martin Guerre, Sommersby is the story of a presumed-dead Confederate soldier (Richard Gere) who returns home to his wife (Jodie Foster). Neither his wife nor his friends can quite believe the changes… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 5, 1993
DVD Release Date: September 21, 1999
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

Though there is a near vaccuum at the center of the film, Sommersby is never boring, largely because of Ms. Foster's beautifully self-possessed presence.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

It's really an old-fashioned hankie-soaker with Gere and Foster ably jerking tears. An odd yet convincing couple, they won't replace Rhett and Scarlet, and frankly, my dears, who can? But belles wring and bosoms heave in a manner most pleasing.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lacks whatever magical ingredient there is that makes a film a moving experience and instead settles for being an adequate but not a remarkable achievement.

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James Berardinelli

From start to finish, it is a well-crafted film: part love story, part mystery, and all drama.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

If you're looking for a picturesque romance -- with a little intrigue on the side -- you could do worse than Sommersby.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A winning and soul-stirring exploration of the spiritual meaning of one man's sacrificial death.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A square peg pounded into a round hole -- or, more exactly, a medieval European story that has been unsuccessfully updated to the period of the American Civil War.

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Adam Mars-Jones
Independent (UK)

His (Amiel's) direction is full-blooded and unafraid of sentiment, but he reins in the film's epic possibilities, which could easily have bogged things down.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The story idea is an interesting one, but it doesn't quite pan out in the end. There are too many unanswered questions and unresolved conflicts.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Wahida K
She knew his face. His touch. His voice. She knew everything about him... But the truth.
Jennifer Xu
kind of tale of two cities-esque with good story and solid acting.
Lady D'arbanville
Based on the story "The Return of Martin Guerre" this is a beautifully and inticately woven tale that tests the strength of love and pride. A story… More
xGary Xx
Rather contrived romance saved from schmaltz soaked mediocrity by a winning performance by Gere and some nicely photographed period detail.
Candy Rose
Great chemistry between Richard and Jodie. Still not sure if he was or was not her husband! Must watch it again!
Dean McKenna
Jodie Foster and Richard Gere are both superb in this fascinating period love story.

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