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October 19, 2001
Under Neal Slavin's laborious direction, the plot moves so predictably you can see the flat ending a mile away.
November 1, 2001
Emotionally effective...(but) feels far more like a sermon than the cautionary/historical fable it was intended to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2001
It's small -- and, worse, heavy-handed -- though its leads make a formidable impression.
October 19, 2001
Absurdly overheated: a Twilight Zone-y episode that bludgeons you with irony and doomsday ambience.
November 8, 2001
All too often seems like preaching to the choir instead of the gut-wrenching drama it wants to be, could have been -- and sometimes is.
November 8, 2001
Every irony is signaled a little too obviously.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 9, 2001
A rather square civics lesson of a movie.
November 12, 2002
...exceptionally preachy...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 12, 2001
Just too preachy to really register.
October 6, 2001
The film walks glibly and blandly between quirk and absurd; it's no Do the Right Thing.
November 12, 2001
The film progressively loses its credibility until there is very little left to support besides [Willim H.] Macy's latest extraordinary turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 11, 2001
It's hard to muster up sympathy for characters too stupid to avoid getting sucked into the tragic fate of others and too self-involved to stand against injustice until they're inconvenienced by it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 7, 2001
What we're left with suspiciously resembles a moderately clever episode of The Twilight Zone.
April 26, 2001
Despite all the good intentions and worthy performances, the result is annoyingly didactic.
October 18, 2001
It seems to unfold in some implausible twilight zone of Crayola ethics.
Full Review | Original Score: D
October 18, 2001
Arty lighting and shadows can't compensate for a plodding script and shallow characters.
October 18, 2001
Handsomely mounted but dramatically leaden.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 1, 2001
It's odd that a movie with such a keen and precise interest in the way things look would be so blind to the incongruous presence of Macy and Dern.
November 2, 2001
You'd think the script had invented the concept of tolerance, the way it forces the 'message' down your throat.
November 2, 2001
Too much message and too little psychological validity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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