Critic's Corner

Rita Kempley - Style section, "The epic has all the sweep of a whisk broom."

Desson Howe - Weekend section, "These likable characters are too moderately sketched to have any compelling dimension."

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'In Love and War'

Scene from this movie When the 18-year-old "Ernie" Hemingway answers the call to help with the Italian war effort against the Austrians, he's full of idealistic bluster. Even though he's only a medic, he wants to see action on the front. He gets his wish and is promptly wounded by a shell. He's taken to a war hospital where he is attended by Agnes von Kurowsky, a sweet-natured, 26-year-old American nurse.

Hemingway falls in love with her, so does an Italian surgeon, Caracciolo, and so too another American patient called Harry. Kurowsky goes for Hemingway. But their romance is rife with complications. She's older than he is, for one thing…a big deal in 1918. And with Caracciolo's charm, the doctor makes quite a rival. -- Desson Howe
Rated R

Director: Richard Attenborough
Cast: Chris O'Donnell; Sandra Bullock; Margot Steinberg; MacKenzie Astin; Alan Bennett; Ingrid Lacey
Running Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes
Filmographies: Chris O'Donnell; Sandra Bullock