Picks and Pans Review: The Cormorant

updated 06/26/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/26/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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An English writer (Ralph Fiennes of Quiz Show) inherits a cozy house nestled in a village amid the misty mountains of northern Wales—with one condition: He must care for his late uncle's pet, the big black sea bird of the title. Fiennes is charmed by the creature, but his wife (Helen Schlesinger) most definitely is not.

This ain't Hitchcock, my fine feathered friends. Not by a long shot. It's a murky, obtuse, remarkably uneventful suspense film. Foreboding is a tough mood to sustain for two hours unless something happens from time to time. Awk!

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