Alice King
October 27, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Up at the Villa

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
115 minutes
performer
Sean Penn, Kristin Scott-Thomas
director
Philip Haas
distributor
Intermedia Films
genre
Historical, Romance

We gave it a B-

Scott Thomas revels in the role of a veddy proper English widow tempted by a good-time American (Penn) in pre-WWII Florence. Based on a W. Somerset Maugham novella, Up at the Villa is stuffed with lovely scenery, incredible hats, and stifled passion, but it all seems a little too Brit-lit familiar, and even when it heats up, just a touch cold. B-

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