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Lady Chatterley Reviews

Lisa Nesselson
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February 18, 2011
Bob Mondello
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October 18, 2008
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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Excellent performances by everyone involved help you overlook the incongruity of French-speaking actors in traditional English settings.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

September 14, 2007
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 31, 2007
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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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

August 31, 2007
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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A picture about passion that invites none, a picture far easier to admire than to adore.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

August 31, 2007
Sean Means
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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

August 23, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 18, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Like a sprawling afternoon spent reading Lawrence, Ferran's film is a welcome and often enthralling escape -- for Connie, and for us.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 11, 2007
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 20, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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

July 19, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 13, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Sensual in escalating degrees of heat, but the film's eroticism, which is substantial, is laid on with a caress.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 13, 2007
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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It's a special pleasure to report that the French Lady Chatterley is the most frankly sensual movie in memory.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

July 12, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 12, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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[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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 12, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

July 6, 2007
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Tasteful yet ecstatically turned-on, [director] Ferran's interpretation reworks legendary highbrow 'smut' into a textured story of rebirth.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/6

June 23, 2007
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Pascale Ferran's version of Lady Chatterley feels bracingly fresh, vital and modern.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

June 22, 2007
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Intelligent and tasteful, even while being sexually frank.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 22, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

June 22, 2007
Jan Stuart
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 4/4

June 21, 2007
Andrew O'Hehir
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It's a profoundly thought-out picture about a love affair that blooms organically and spontaneously.

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June 21, 2007
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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[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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

June 20, 2007
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 20, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

June 20, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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I found the first half-hour a snooze, but once I adjusted to the movie's rhythms, I was completely enraptured.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

June 18, 2007
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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It's a movie as timely as it is thrilling to watch.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

June 14, 2007
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