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  1. Erik F.'s rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    Read Paul Bowles' novel instead.

  2. ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    All those sweeping camera movements can't distract from how boring this film is. Literally, nothing happens in the last third. To the people who are giving this a high rating just cause they love looking at Debra Winger's beautiful face, there are better options.

  3. Chiwanku's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    I felt the flies on my faces, the sun on my neck and the vomit coming out of my mouth.

  4. Kamran S. Sehgal's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    Americans galavanting in the deserts of North Africa? This film pales in comparison to the excellent The English Patient and the unique The Naked Lunch. Many of the reviews seem to point to the source novel being unfilmable. Watching this film makes me want to pick up the book to find out what the film misses, and I suppose that is positive.

  5. Rebop's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    Passed right over my head. Probably my limited vision. Saw this movie quite some time ago and I'm still waiting for something to happen.

  6. mila salati's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    that movie made me cry as it always happens with Bertolucci

  7. eberhard's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

  8. jeremias goth's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    the man john malkovich as fabulously odd as he's ever been, however certainly more than only a tad too tedious to the end; it goes without saying that this is not bertoluccis best work

  9. GbzM4k3's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    are you lost? yes. about the fissure, the hole and hunger of modern hearts, their curiosity, their dangerous immaturity or novelty … the modern and the archaic world of men, the airiness of the former, the evolutionary sovereignity of the latter … earth's ignorance and the friendliness of some places towards human life … the going with the flow … trying to perceive the whole picture, in time and catching it on film!

  10. Dalibor's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    With so much of it being implicit, one must wonder if anyone was really invited to participate during this film? Even if you cared for barely accessible characters, their obscure reactions, or found a point in all that pretentious wondering about the desert, what was the core idea that's supposed to come out of all of this? Uninspiring work from uninspired director.

  11. mubianer's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    35mm. Amazing cinematography is not enough to convince me. It's always risky to film a classic novel, and I don't really see the reason to do it. But enough good acting, intriguing scenes, and like mentioned, cinematography, to make this a good experience. 3+

  12. misu's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

  13. Eric Eidelstein's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    Missing focus, and the dialogue is godawful, but Winger and Malkovich capture a disillusionment that feels right for the era (post WW II) and for the state of their marriage. I got lost in this and in Campbell Scott’s eyes.

  14. lou.'s rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    Addio Bernardo, ti ho amato moltissimo.

  15. mis marg's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    how many more times will you watch the full moon rise a searing film with the beautiful desert featured.

  16. innersmiff's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    This is one of those films, like Jim McBride’s remake of Breathless, whose flaws are so numerous and apparent that it’s hard to overlook, but swings along and has a unique charm nonetheless. The good points: relentlessly cinematic, beautiful in sound and vision. The leads Debra Winger and John Malkovich are sincere in their roles. The bad is principally that its main purpose is obscure.

  17. Daniel Thomas Freeman's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    For me this veered between genius and merely interesting ... but I'd an interesting failure and Debra Winger, much of the music and cinematography are exceptional.

  18. Mimic Hootings's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    Despite the considerable best efforts of Storaro and Winger, this is a tedious film, wrapped up in its insufficiently interesting central characters.

  19. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    John Malkovich, Debra Winger, and Campbell Scott star in this fascinating look at people who want to set themselves apart from the pack, they are travellers rather than tourists, and the dangers inherent in their blasé attitude to the foreign climes they are visiting. I loved it, mainly thanks to the performances from everyone involved.

  20. 'king Harold's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    My marriage began in Morocco, we travelled the Atlas Mountains and listened to the Berber drums in the Sahara. It’s ending now and so this affected me quite deeply.

  21. Sarah Pietsch's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    Great shots, memorable events. Well put together. And the quote at the end is classic, I remembered it from the book.

  22. newagefad@gmail.com's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    I could feel the evening desert. The warm dry air and smell of the camels. The cinematography was fantastic. How could it be otherwise? Such a beautiful place. How wonderful.

  23. Michael's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    Walked out of this movie in the cinema in 1990 - on watching 28 years later my verdict remains the same: pretentious twaddle, wooden acting, shallow characterisation - yes the cinematography is wonderful but this cannot save the picture. Also Debra Winger’s hairstyle is so 1990. The original novel by Paul Bowles (who disowned the movie) is meant to be excellent, but on this occasion Bertolucci produced a turkey.

  24. Christofi Cotonou's rating of the film The Sheltering Sky

    This is one of my favourite books, so I'm biased if nothing goes the way it looked into my head. Solid effort by the director. He takes some of the dread and tragedy out of it, though. Flat.

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