Karen Valby
July 12, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Charlotte Gray

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
120 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/28/01
Wide Release Date
01/11/02
performer
Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Ron Cook, Michael Gambon, Anton Lesser, Rupert Penry-Jones
director
Gillian Armstrong
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Jeremy Brock
genre
War, Romance, Drama

We gave it a C-

The pairing of trusty on-screen gems Blanchett and Crudup held such promise. The plot points of Sebastian Faulks’ novel — a Scottish woman (Blanchett) goes undercover with the French Resistance to search for her downed pilot lover (Rupert Penry Jones) and fend off Nazis — seem to offer such fertile storytelling soil. Why, then, is the movie such a sterile affair, disjointed and dour, with poorly drawn characters and wasted opportunities? The actors should keep their heads up, though; their cause was betrayed by Gillian Armstrong’s bad direction and a wishy-washy script.

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