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Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 149
Fresh: 92 | Rotten: 57

Though formulaic and superficial, Under the Tuscan Sun is redeemed by Lane's vibrant performance.

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 15

Though formulaic and superficial, Under the Tuscan Sun is redeemed by Lane's vibrant performance.


User Ratings: 63,286




Movie Info

Frances Mayes is a 35-year-old San Francisco writer whose perfect life has just taken an unexpected detour. Her recent divorce has left her with terminal writer's block and extremely depressed. Her best friend, Patti, is beginning to think that she might never recover. "Dr. Patti's" prescription: 10 days in Tuscany. It's there, on a whim, that Frances purchases a villa named Bramasole--literally, "something that yearns for the sun." The home needs much restoration, but what better place for a … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 2004
Box Office: $43.5M

Buena Vista Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Under the Tuscan Sun

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (92) | Rotten (57) | DVD (31)

The epitome of what a feel-good movie is supposed to be but rarely is, this one is beautiful to look at and life-affirming to think about, and it doesn't have a pretentious bone in its head.

Full Review… | October 16, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

The movie is sweet but deeply suspect: It's like Lost Horizon re-imagined by a realtor.

Full Review… | September 29, 2003
Top Critic

... some of the most beautiful photography in any film I've seen this year.

Full Review… | September 29, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Under the Tuscan Sun pretends to be juicy, but it doesn't allow any dribbles. It purports to make love all over us, but not without laying down lots of paper towels first.

Full Review… | September 28, 2003
Top Critic

Has about as much in common with Frances Mayes as it does with Willie Mays, but it does have the marvelous Diane Lane.

Full Review… | September 27, 2003
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

It is a glorious refreshment to spend time with characters who aren't twenty-something eye bait, someone's virtuous, whiny wife or other reductive archetypes.

September 26, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

"Under the Tuscan Sun" is an amiable film that, in the tradition of escapist fiction, provides a nice, scenic getaway with just enough drama to keep the story from getting stagnant.

Full Review… | July 7, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Offers Americans the ultimate fantasy vacation. It's a beautiful, sunny, fresh air trip to Europe without the jet lag, language problems, money problems, or any other trivialities.

Full Review… | July 6, 2012
Combustible Celluloid

Not much for teens in this book adaptation.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

a romantic abomination wherein the main character's best friend is a pregnant Asian lesbian who comes to Italy to visit and ends up ruining the story's only semi-romantic aspect, and extends its painful length for an extra half-hour in the process.

Full Review… | June 13, 2009

An enjoyable, entertaining odyssey with beautiful landscapes, a fun mood, and a charming performance from the always sexy Diane Lane.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Fans of Diane Lane ... should be happy with what amounts to a glowing vehicle for her.

Full Review… | July 25, 2007 lightweight and fluffy as the premise might've indicated.

Full Review… | October 19, 2006
Reel Film Reviews

Diane Lane is charming in this witty but difficult adventure.

Full Review… | July 20, 2004

En la vida real la gente no suele ser tan impulsiva. Por eso películas como ésta son disfrutables: nos ofrecen la fantasía de lo que sería nuestra vida si nos animáramos.

Full Review… | May 6, 2004
Uruguay Total

Desmoronando a partir da metade da projeção, o filme se beneficia apenas da sedutora performance de Lane, da bela fotografia e das maravilhosas locações.

March 13, 2004
Cinema em Cena

I swear, I thought Dr Phil was going to come out of an olive grove and yell,'You've got to get over this guy, lady! Take control of your life!'

Full Review… | March 8, 2004

You won't learn anything about Italian culture that hasn't already reverberated throughout the west

Full Review… | March 2, 2004
Film Freak Central

The movie is frothy and light and hasn't a brain in its head, but it's so beautiful to look at and so positive and uplifting, it's hard not to like.

Full Review… | February 12, 2004
Movie Metropolis

While it starts very well indeed as a kind of blushing Shirley Valentine wannabe, the slide into syrup starts early on.

Full Review… | January 30, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

The only real depth here is in Lane's ability to convey lingering heartache despite having little call to do so from the script.

Full Review… | January 15, 2004

Under the Tuscan Sun goes for the picture postcard look-and-feel and it succeeds admirably, a flighty contrivance that's thin, lightweight, and instantly disposable.

Full Review… | January 13, 2004
Movie Boeuf

A warm and luminous film.

Full Review… | November 10, 2003
Creative Loafing

Diane Lane was terrific.

Full Review… | November 2, 2003
Broomfield Enterprise

The clear and simple plot is bogged down by too many characters and too many clichés.

Full Review… | October 22, 2003
Premiere Magazine

Audience Reviews for Under the Tuscan Sun

This is a cliched and silly chick flick, but the performances are not too bad, and the scenery is quite nice. It's not terrible, but it's also not really my type of movie. Having been to Tuscany though, I can say this movie actually meant something to me, and hell, it's a bit entertaining, and surprisingly not boring. Again though, this film really didn't stand out for me.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Cliched, but thankfully not too boring. It's been said that the movie is hardly similar to the memoir on which it's based, and that the memoir in itself (which includes recipes for most of the part) is quite boring (why am I not surprised?). Nevertheless, it was a NYT BS for more than 2 years!!! When I finished watching the movie, I was quite disappointed. But when I realized that it's based on such a boring (surely, some people will have a contradictory opinion) memoir, I felt somewhat relieved.

Although (or should is be "Since") the movie had *several* cliches thrown in, and a love story added to heighten the dramatic effect, it still failed to rise above the average fare. Can't recommend.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

A nice Chick Flick ! Based on the book by Frances Mayes, "Under The Tuscan Sun" is a refreshing romantic comedy,a must see in my opinion. yes like many others,im sure,I kept waiting for the happily ever after with the man of her dreams,well didnt exactly get that but it does have a pretty happy ending......
I enjoyed it.

♥Robyn M♥

Super Reviewer


Optimistic but not blindly so. It takes small steps and much heartbreak to get where you want and need to be.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Under the Tuscan Sun Quotes

Katherine: Never lose your childish innocence. It is the most important thing.
– Submitted by Rachel B (23 months ago)
Frances Mayes: When she falls in love marcelo.
– Submitted by Katherine R (24 months ago)
Frances Mayes: They say they built the train tracks over the Alps before there was a train that could make the trip. They built it anyway. They knew one day the train would come. Any arbitrary turning along the way,and I would be elsewhere. I would be different. What are four walls, anyway? They are what they contain.The house protects the dreamer. Unthinkably good things can happen, even late in the game. and I would be elsewhere.
– Submitted by Abigael Joy M (2 years ago)

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