Up at the Villa
Up at the Villa (2000)

A woman left alone by the death of her husband finds her love life has become suddenly and dangerously complicated in this drama. Mary Panton (Kristin Scott Thomas) is a British woman living in Italy in 1938 who has been financially ruined… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 5, 2000
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2001
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A poor script and an aimless plot keep this film from engaging the audience.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Up at the Villa has the flavor of one of those after-dinner yarns.

Michael Dequina

Kristin Scott Thomas just makes an already annoying character--Mary is whiny and selfish--even more grating with her broad, overly mannered performance.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Unveils the different shades of love and the ways we can unsettle our lives through impulsive sex.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Got all the style it needs to go with those glorious Tuscan settings.

Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Here's a tip for casting directors: If you want your female lead to be sympathetic, do not hire Kristen Scott Thomas.

Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

A travelogue that would be nice were it not so difficult to stay awake.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Kristin Scott Thomas is smashing.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

To inject some comedy into this dull film Derek Jacobi has a small part as a drag queen...

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Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

If you're determined to see it, show up fifteen minutes late and avoid the slow getting-to-know-the-characters sequence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
I had almost forgotten how dashing Sean Penn used to be quite a few years ago. The combination of Kristin Scott Thomas, and Sean Penn, is quite good in this… More
Red Lats
I found the movie interesting. Mary has problems. She has no money, and she has been unlucky in marriage. She is proposed to by an Englishman quite a bit… More