• PG-13, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Saul Dibb
    In Theaters:
    Sep 5, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 27, 2009
  • Paramount Vantage


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The Duchess Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
Mike Scott

The Duchess doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is: a comfortable, low-calorie morsel of historical drama.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 9, 2009
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

May 13, 2009
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

a refreshing look at British royalty, and it will curb your want to be part of that era, age and societal level

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3/5

March 5, 2009
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 3/5

February 5, 2009
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Deserves credit for playing things straight %u2013 complete with its moral quagmire and inherent sadness. The performances of Knightley, Fiennes and Atwell really make it work.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 75/100

December 29, 2008
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Hands Keira Knightley another plum leading role and serves as yet another example of how Ralph Fiennes' brooding brand of acting can be successfully employed for all manner of characters.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

November 26, 2008
Pete Hammond

With striking parallels to the life of her direct descendant, Princess Diana, this stunning film of the tortured love life of Duchess Georgiana Spencer is a triumph for its star, Keira Knightley.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 4/5

November 20, 2008
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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This is a wonderful film.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 7, 2008
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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There's something really special about Kiera Knightly in these period pieces.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 7, 2008
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times

Knightley shines in this tale of grace under pressure.

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

October 28, 2008
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

Husbands and boyfriends, be especially diplomatic when accompanying your dates to The Duchess. This lavish look back at a royal pain and his beleaguered bride is a chick flick with anger issues.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 20, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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It chronicles the saga of a vibrant and forward-thinking woman hampered by the constraints of a rigid society.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008

National Post

| Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A film of elegance, wit and some power that's just a bit too compromised by its rather soapy underpinnings.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

October 15, 2008
Tim Basham
Paste Magazine

"In the end it may not be much more than a glorified, period-piece soap opera,...but with riveting performances like these, who cares?"

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

October 14, 2008
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source

More absorbing and honest than your typical costume drama. Fiennes's performance of the painfully antisocial Duke is impeccable.

Full Review Source: The Cinema Source | Original Score: B

October 12, 2008
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

And here we thought Diana was dead.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: B+

October 11, 2008
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald

You'll spend a lot of time in The Duchess wondering if the film has a point.

Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 10, 2008
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It's a beautiful period piece that will send you to a bookstore for a better account of the dirt and vice at its core.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

October 10, 2008

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
April 4, 2011

Irish Times

October 18, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 18, 2008
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