Ronald L. Schwary
Screenwriter (based on the novel by Warren Adler):
Sluggish, predictable romantic
yarn about two bereaved middleagers who after losing their respective
partners in a plane crash find out that the two deceased were actually
having an affair behind their backs. Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott
Thomas look just as unlikely as a couple as their characters – a
police sergeant and a congresswoman – would be. They scrape by, but it's
as if director Sydney Pollack has to drag every hug, kiss and line out of
them. And they get no help from the dreary script or Pollack's handling
of it, as the film mulls over
deceit and tragedy for over two hours without getting anywhere. It's an
almost excruciating experience. Dave Grusin's jazzy score is the only redeeming quality. And no, Harrison Ford's earring is not another.
There is also a multitude of fine character actors in insignificant
and/or underdeveloped roles.