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Smilla’s Good Sense Julia Ormond Makes A Stunning Title Character In ‘Smilla’s Sense Of Snow’

These sidebars appeared with the story: “SMILLA’S SENSE OF SNOW” **-1/2 Locations: Newport Cinemas Credits: Directed by Bille August, starring Julia Ormond, Gabriel Byrne, Robert Loggia, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Harris, Bob Peck Running time: 2 hours Rating: R

OTHER VIEWS Here’s what other critics say about “Smilla’s Sense of Snow:” Eric Hansen/The Hollywood Reporter: Besides some good ice photography, the strong point of “Smilla’s Sense of Snow” is an articulate, self-confident and intellectually demanding woman character who is proud to be herself, no matter how unhappy. Kenneth Turan/Los Angeles Times: … though it’s a handsomely mounted, professional piece of work, “Smilla’s” has too many components, from its use of English to its cross-cultural cast, that are useful for international sales but make this film more routine than it ought to be. John Hartl/The Seattle Times: Too bad the script ultimately drifts off into Z-movie land - as well as z-z-z land. Seldom has a mystery that started with so much promise ended with so little purpose and polish. Henry Sheehan/The Orange County Register: Like its beautiful but inexpressive star, Julia Ormond, the movie often offers remarkably pretty sights but little coherence and almost no suspense. Paula Nechak/Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Peter Hoeg’s 1993 best-selling novel … gets a disappointingly frozen screen telling in Bille August’s passionless and pared down film. Gary Schwan/Palm Beach Post: “Smilla’s Sense of Snow” sounds like a children’s book, looks like a travelogue, and brightens your day like a Scandinavian winter. Grim. And after a promising start, predictable. Frank Gabrenya/The Columbus Dispatch: Smilla’s Sense of Snow has to be the strangest title for a murder mystery.

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