The unfortunate star: Cate Blanchett

One sign of an actress who's undeniably excellent: Even when everything else around her sucks in a movie, she's never less than impressive. That's the case in Charlotte Gray, in which Cate Blanchett maintains a charismatic hold on viewers' attention throughout as a tough Scottish woman who joins the French Resistance to save her boyfriend during World War II.

It's just unfortunate that director Gillian Armstrong can't settle upon one distinct, palpable narrative direction, alternating from a war film to a sappy love story without ever grabbing hold of one firmly enough.