- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Jan
Now, director Richard Eyre's
"The story is told in a rip-roaring, lusty ambience, appropriate to the period," says Harry Forbes (Catholic News Service). "Though the film dabbles in sexual confusion, it ends with an affirmation of heterosexual sex. [The two central characters] lose some of their period authenticity by the end, though, when suddenly they seem like two very contemporary kids sorting out their problems. The dramatized—and anachronistic—transformation of acting styles from artificial to naturalistic doesn't quite ring true, though admittedly it makes for good drama."
Mainstream critics are taking sides, but few are passionate.