Time Out says
Temptingly juicy material, but keeping it full-on from the get-go without losing the audience was always going to be a challenge, and, for all his pluck, Howitt’s limitations are exposed en route. In a central role crying out for Richard E Grant or even Kenneth Branagh, Howitt’s capable enough at abrasive humour, but pathos and romantic ardour rather elude his performance. Directorial choices are a mixed bag too, excoriating medical scenes coming off rather better than the clunky, over-emphatic voiceover, and Saffron Burrows proves the feyest of muses. It’s rarely dull, but hardly the out-there masterpiece you suspect Howitt thought he was making.
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