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Stealing Beauty Reviews

Some stars are made, not born; others are manufactured. Poor Liv Tyler, the slight screen presence around which Bernardo Bertolucci's elaborately awful new romance revolves, comes prepackaged as Hollywood's next superstar, and she's hard-pressed to justify the hype. Here, she plays a coltish American virgin (yeah, right) searching for her long-lost father among jaded aesthetes who occupy a picturesque villa near Siena. A few grown-ups -- notably Donal McCann, Sinead Cusack and Jeremy Irons -- do their best to carry the movie through long stretches of punishingly insipid dialogue and picture-postcard visuals, but STEALING BEAUTY is essentially Bertolucci's valentine to bland young Liv, whose much-vaunted appeal simply eludes us.