EW Staff
October 17, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Whole Wide World

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Vincent D'Onofrio, Renee Zellweger
director
Dan Ireland
genre
Romance, Drama

We gave it an A-

In this moving if overlong romance, Robert E. Howard, the pulp writer who created Conan the Barbarian, vainly struggles to reconcile his love for fellow scribbler Novalyne Price (Zellweger) with his devotion to his ailing mother and his work. D’Onofrio (Men in Black) demonstrates a stunning range; that his swaggering, passionate portrayal of Howard won neither an Oscar nod nor critics’ awards is scandalous. Zellweger, in a less showy role, is almost as good. Sadly, the film settles into a herky-jerk rhythm (talk, fight, ignore, reconcile) that recurs so often you may think your VCR is stuck in a tape loop. For the adventurous, this makes a great double bill with a Schwarzenegger Conan flick. B-

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