The English Patient
The English Patient (1996)

Anthony Minghella wrote and directed this award-winning adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's novel about a doomed and tragic romance set against the backdrop of World War II. In a field hospital in Italy, Hana (Juliette Binoche), a nurse… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 15, 1996
DVD Release Date: March 24, 1998
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it suffers from excessive length and ambition, director Minghella's adaptation of the Michael Ondaatje novel is complex, powerful, and moving.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It took a filmmaker with Anthony Minghella's vision to even attempt an adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient. And it took a filmmaker with Minghella's talent to pull it off.

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John Krewson
AV Club

It's a tragically lovely story about the cruel devastation of selfish and ungoverned love. It's also one of the best movies in a long, long time.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It is, after all, quite a lot of movie, two hours and 42 minutes' worth, and the more movie you have, the greater the chances that not all of it will work equally well.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Could this possibly be the Casablanca of the late 20th century?

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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

The film is a smashing success on its own terms, though as a transcendent love story it lacks the firm foundation in human reality that characterizes Lars Von Trier's superior Breaking the Waves.

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Michael Sragow
New Times

Anthony Minghella believes in ghosts -- and, at his best, makes believers out of viewers, too.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

It's the sort of solemn production that is often mentioned as an Academy Award contender.This says less about the quality of the film than it does about its self-consciously lofty tone and its sense of self-importance.

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

With its fine acting, sumptuous visuals and levels of intrigue, The English Patient boasts the elements of something greater than a love story. Too bad it devotes them to something less than a great love story.

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Andrew Collins
Radio Times

It's an ambitious film and director Anthony Minghella's skill lies equally in his screenplay, which delivers explanation only in fragments but keeps us involved for what is an epic running time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
The kind of overlong and self-important epic-scale drama that seems tailor-made to win every award for its outstanding visuals, performances, make-up and… More
Raymond Wieser
Based on the book of the same name, The English Patient is a sweeping drama that is complex, moving, and very powerful. It's breathtakingly shot, and the… More
Christian C
Excellent, moving film. Fiennes can do no wrong. This is one of the few films in which I appreciated Willen Defoe's acting.
Chris Weber
Ooooh, what have we here? It's a big, sweeping romantic epic rooted in history that's also a literary adaptation (which doesn't surprise me). I… More
Alex roy
The English Patient is a film that I really want to enjoy. Unfortunately, I really couldn't get into the story. I do enjoy a good drama/romance, but… More
Aj V
I saw this romantic drama on TV a few years ago, and it seemed very good from what I saw of it, but I need to see the rest of the film sometime.