Erin Richter
June 27, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

In Love and War

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Sandra Bullock, Chris O'Donnell
genre
Drama, Romance

We gave it a C+

Like any satisfying summer romance, director Richard Attenborough’s lushly shot yet otherwise understated love story In Love and War is more enjoyable if left unexamined. The setting is World War I-torn Italy. The couple in question is fresh-faced Kansas City kid ”Ernie” Hemingway (who else but Chris O’Donnell?) and 26-year-old Red Cross nurse Agnes von Kurowsky (a primly proper Sandra Bullock), whose rebuff, the film suggests, set the 18-year-old spiraling toward his stormy, grizzled, Nobel Prize-winning future. Whether they were ever more than friends is arguable, but romance-minded renters could do worse than take this one home. C+

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