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.

Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz

Up at the Villa is just lots of silly intrigue.

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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Susan Stark
Detroit News

A beautifully buffed piece.

Robert Horton

I found myself rooting for these foolish, pampered, na´ve people, and rooting for the movie as well.

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.

Jay Carr
Boston Globe

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

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Beauty and bloodlessness battle it out in every frame of Villa, and no one comes out a winner.

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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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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