The directorial debut of screenwriter Tina Gordon Chism, who previously penned "Drumline" and "ATL," is brisk, affectionate mainstream entertainment.
It's mostly a film about fading out, about how youthful passions dissolve. But it's saner than Olivier Assayas’ earlier fare.
Baz Luhrmann’s lush remake is a cluttered, overlong mess in which the former child star happens to be spectacular.
Covering some 60-odd years, the movie leaps from one coup to the next revolution in five-minute intervals, accomplishing nothing of particular dramatic merit.