Under the Tuscan Sun
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

Frances Mayes is a 35-year-old San Francisco writer whose perfect life has just taken an unexpected detour. Her recent divorce has left her with terminal writer's block and extremely depressed. Her best friend, Patti, is beginning to… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 26, 2003
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though formulaic and superficial, Under the Tuscan Sun is redeemed by Lane's vibrant performance.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

The epitome of what a feel-good movie is supposed to be but rarely is, this one is beautiful to look at and life-affirming to think about, and it doesn't have a pretentious bone in its head.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Under the Tuscan Sun pretends to be juicy, but it doesn't allow any dribbles. It purports to make love all over us, but not without laying down lots of paper towels first.

James Plath
Movie Metropolis

"Under the Tuscan Sun" is an amiable film that, in the tradition of escapist fiction, provides a nice, scenic getaway with just enough drama to keep the story from getting stagnant.

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David Edelstein

The movie is sweet but deeply suspect: It's like Lost Horizon re-imagined by a realtor.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Has about as much in common with Frances Mayes as it does with Willie Mays, but it does have the marvelous Diane Lane.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Offers Americans the ultimate fantasy vacation. It's a beautiful, sunny, fresh air trip to Europe without the jet lag, language problems, money problems, or any other trivialities.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

... some of the most beautiful photography in any film I've seen this year.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It is a glorious refreshment to spend time with characters who aren't twenty-something eye bait, someone's virtuous, whiny wife or other reductive archetypes.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Not much for teens in this book adaptation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Diane Lane raises this heart-warming film above average in a very adorable performance that conveys with a lot of sensitivity the pangs of depression and… More
♥Robyn M♥
A nice Chick Flick ! Based on the book by Frances Mayes, "Under The Tuscan Sun" is a refreshing romantic comedy,a must see in my opinion. yes like… More
Chris Weber
This is a cliched and silly chick flick, but the performances are not too bad, and the scenery is quite nice. It's not terrible, but it's also not… More
Alice Shen
Optimistic but not blindly so. It takes small steps and much heartbreak to get where you want and need to be.
familiar stranger
Cliched, but thankfully not too boring. It's been said that the movie is hardly similar to the memoir on which it's based, and that the memoir in… More
Rachel F
Omg, I love this movie. There are some parts that are really upsetting, but for the most part its all good and the ending is happy.