Empire Online concludes: "A divisive film -too overwrought for some, perfectly emotionally pitched for others- how much it will appeal will depend on how romantically inclined the viewer is feeling." Slate gives it a glowing review and closes with this: "It might make Minghella happy to know that those still figuring out how to mourn him can turn to his own best movie for advice."
Spirituality and Practice says, "Juliet Stevenson gives a heartfelt performance as an English woman who travels to the far country of grief and almost doesn't make it back. Watching the process whereby she is restored to the wonder, joy, and confusion of life is a delight to behold."
The NYT says it, "should be enchanting, but it isn't. Everyone pushes too hard, especially Mr. Minghella, the writer and director." Roger Ebert calls it "a truly odd film, maddening, occasionally deeply moving."