Lady Chatterley Reviews

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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
February 18, 2011
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 14, 2007
Excellent performances by everyone involved help you overlook the incongruity of French-speaking actors in traditional English settings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
August 31, 2007
Director Pascale Ferran is true to the spirit of the book and gives us an eyeful, of both the glorious countryside and the lovers' physiques.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
August 31, 2007
The beautiful scenery complements the intimate scenes even as the story becomes something we've all seen and read in so many books and films. Yet, its candid conversations about sexuality are what places Lawrence's protagonist in a class by herself.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 31, 2007
A picture about passion that invites none, a picture far easier to admire than to adore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sean Means
Film.com
August 23, 2007
The relationship ...becomes more intriguing somewhere in the movie's third hour, but getting to that point is too much of a chore.
| Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 18, 2007
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 11, 2007
Like a sprawling afternoon spent reading Lawrence, Ferran's film is a welcome and often enthralling escape -- for Connie, and for us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
July 20, 2007
This latest effort, winner of five CÚsar awards (the French Oscar) including for best film and actress, is supremely sensuous -- while presenting an intriguingly complex Constance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 19, 2007
Paradoxically for a film about unchecked sexuality, it never comes alive. Unless you come to it already fascinated by the story, there's not much in this dull, dutiful dramatization to win you over.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 13, 2007
Ferran's sureness in charting every step in the couple's discovery of each other never falters; when they eventually find the opportunity to remove their clothes before having sex, it's a major achievement, and celebrated as such.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 13, 2007
Sensual in escalating degrees of heat, but the film's eroticism, which is substantial, is laid on with a caress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 12, 2007
It's a special pleasure to report that the French Lady Chatterley is the most frankly sensual movie in memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 12, 2007
A long, but never lazy, celebration of the natural world, of sexual desire and discovery, and of the peculiar social order of early-20th-century Britain, Lady Chatterley is also a heartbreaking story of true love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 12, 2007
[The director] cannily turns [the characters'] corporeal discoveries into a moral mission, two desperately lonely souls crying for spiritual freedom in a world of moral constriction.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 6, 2007
All of the qualities its admirers see in the film are indeed there, and visible, but I was not much moved. Lawrence wrote much better novels that inspired much better movies...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 22, 2007
Pascale Ferran's version of Lady Chatterley feels bracingly fresh, vital and modern.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 22, 2007
Intelligent and tasteful, even while being sexually frank.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 22, 2007
It captures the animal attraction we call lust and carefully tracks its evolution to true love. For all its faults, this beautifully shot, sexually graphic film is a gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
June 21, 2007
A film of sun-dappled beauty and unbridled joys that arrive as much as a surprise to the audience as they do to the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
June 21, 2007
It's fairly baffling to see a story about animal desires presented with such a lack of animal immediacy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 21, 2007
It's a profoundly thought-out picture about a love affair that blooms organically and spontaneously.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 20, 2007
[A] startling, womanly adaptation of a lesser-known, more direct version of D.H. Lawrence's famous novel, one of three he wrote.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 20, 2007
Nearly three hours long, Lady Chatterley passes as swiftly as the summer shower. This is not so much a love story (and even less a story about love) than it is a movie of passionate loveliness.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 20, 2007
Lady Chatterley leads us into the thickets of D.H. Lawrence's fiercely tender saga of a sexual communion between a man and a woman of different classes, but similarly affected in their enforced solitudes by the wonders and glories of nature.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 18, 2007
I found the first half-hour a snooze, but once I adjusted to the movie's rhythms, I was completely enraptured.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 14, 2007
It's a movie as timely as it is thrilling to watch.
| Original Score: 3.5/4