Ty Burr
August 22, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Stealing Beauty

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
118 minutes
performer
Jeremy Irons, Liv Tyler, Sinead Cusack, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz
director
Bernardo Bertolucci
author
Susan Minot
genre
Drama, Romance

We gave it a D-

At 19, Liv Tyler has been a daughter to two rock legends (she called Todd Rundgren Dad until she was 10, then learned that Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is her real father), the center of a feeding frenzy in Cannes, the star of a Bernardo Bertolucci movie, and, according to Tom Hanks, ”the oldest 18-year-old I’ve ever encountered.”

So much life experience; so little that comes through on screen. Tyler is that rare creature who is maturing as an actress without seeming to gain in finesse. She’s starred in six films to date, and while at her worst she’s a pouty-lipped, dead-voiced blank, at her more recent best, unexpectedly rich nuances can float up through the artless perfection of that face.

Stealing Beauty is downright rickety — a coming-of-sexual-age drama on a par with the soft-core ’70s Euro-dreck they show after midnight on Cinemax. The fact that it’s directed by certified film visionary Bertolucci is even more depressing. C+

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