A mesmerizing film that is the most stunning, tempestuous love story in a decade or two of movie making.
F. X. FeeneyMr. Showbiz
Astonishingly deep and moving.
Mike ClarkUSA Today
The big story here is Kristin Scott Thomas' captivating performance.
The look, the feel, the brood-y, brilliant cast: This is an oddly affecting movie, all right, a jellyroll of Bronte and Hemingway.
It's got both the sweeping spectacle and the keen, tactile sense of human intimacy.
Ella TaylorL.A. Weekly
The two films bursting out of The English Patient (a chamber piece and a David Lean dune epic) require a juggling of tone, pace and scale that might easily defeat a director more seasoned than Minghella.
Stanley KauffmannThe New Republic
The English Patient is excitingly promising. Then the screenplay goes rotten, like an overripe melon. [Dec. 9, 1996]