Time Out says
It’s not unintriguing, but without anything resembling a dramatic progression, the going soon gets stodgy (understandable that a 97-minute producer’s cut exists, though this is Ruiz’s integral version). A dialled-down, decidedly opaque John Malkovich offers little help in the title role, while miscast Saffron Burrows lacks persuasive allure as the supposedly seductive object of his affections. Given that Ruiz’s original screenplay was translated from French into German and then English for an aphoristic polish by Gilbert Adair, it’s hardly a surprise the dialogue’s often an awkward fit, but there are compensatory visual grace notes too, as two-way mirrors frame erotic roundelays and a slammed door throws Klimt’s studio into a dazzling snow-storm of floating gold leaf. Moments to treasure, then, but only moments amid prevailing head-scratching tedium.
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