Critics' Voices: Mar. 16, 1992


HEAR MY SONG. This Anglo-Irish hit, about a nightclub manager (Adrian Dunbar) who hopes to lure a retired Irish tenor (played with well-calculated reserve by Ned Beatty) from exile for one last concert, has for a time a jaunty, quirky air. But director Peter Chelsom allows eccentricity to deteriorate into cuteness.

KAFKA. In his first film since sex, lies, and videotape, Steven Soderbergh serves up a flimsy whodunit starring Kafka (played by Jeremy Irons, the male Meryl). It's a film-school movie, with devices lifted from The Third Man: vertiginous staircases, malevolence glistening off the cobblestones, a madman's drool caught in...