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Charlotte Gray (2001)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 88
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 60

A dull adaptation of Sebastian Faulk's novel despite gorgeous cinematography and Cate Blanchett's best efforts.


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 21

A dull adaptation of Sebastian Faulk's novel despite gorgeous cinematography and Cate Blanchett's best efforts.



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Based on the best-selling novel by Sebastian Faulks, this drama, set in Europe during World War II, stars Cate Blanchett as Charlotte, a Scottish woman living in London. Charlotte falls in love with Peter (Rupert Penry-Jones), a handsome RAF pilot, and the two are soon caught up in a torrid affair. Before long, Peter is sent off on a mission over France, and Charlotte receives word that Peter has been reported missing in action. Fluent in French and desperate to find the man she loves, Charlotte


Drama, Romance

Jeremy Brock

Jul 9, 2002

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The pace is so lethargic and the focus so diffuse that it's hard to get a fix on Charlotte beyond needless glamorization.

January 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Mounts a romantic drama of the World War II era in mostly glossy, shallow terms.

January 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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If this is melodrama, it's melodrama of a superior rank, and I salute it.

January 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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While Blanchett's presence is surely felt in virtually every scene of the movie, her acting isn't. We don't connect with her at all.

January 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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This is Blanchett's film. Her quiet, detailed work leaves you wanting more.

January 24, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
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Not a great work but wields powerful weapons in its director and its star.

January 24, 2002
Miami Herald
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One day Blanchett may get a part that melts her virginal ice queen formality, but this isn't the film

February 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Mature material in this old-fashioned WWII movie.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Does a pretty good job of capturing some of the least romantic aspects of World War II.

May 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Um filme emocionante até os minutos finais, quando se entrega lamentavelmente ao romance barato.

December 7, 2003
Cinema em Cena

An adaptation that is often confused as to whether it's a love story set in wartime, or a war story with a love angle.

February 13, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

This one's kind of boring but pretty well made.

July 9, 2002 Full Review

You get your money's worth with Charlotte Gray: Its two hours seem like ten.

June 25, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Leaps into an unconvincing situation and sees it with an unsure point of view

March 3, 2002

Stubbornly generic.

March 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

Trivializes World War II's darker moments in service to its cheesy romantic triangle.

February 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

A surprisingly dull movie.

February 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Although the director perfunctorily covers all of the standard bases, the movie has few compelling moments, and easy to stage episodes end up feeling needlessly false.

January 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Director Gillian Armstrong and writer Jeremy Brock adapt Sebastian Faulks' novel into an overdressed and under-motivated melodrama.

January 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

If you have a nostalgic side ... there is much to enjoy about filmmaker Gillian Armstrong's cozy, intimate direction here, which conjures up a very specific ambiance.

January 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

An old-fashioned romantic adventure film strongly acted, ably directed and written with stolid sobriety.

January 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Charlotte is quiet, bland and, well, gray.

January 24, 2002 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Charlotte Gray

Although I would have rather seen a film about the unsung Women of the Second World War without the love story, it did work well in Charlotte Gray. It's a pretty good adaptation of the book by Sebastian Faulks but why no one has ever made a film about Nancy 'White Mouse' Wake who was the real inspiration for the film is beyond me. I digress, Cate Blanchett is perfect for the role and her performances is brilliant. It is beautifully directed and I thoroughly recommend it
March 5, 2014

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The story of an ordinary woman in an extraordinary time.
December 16, 2009
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Such a different perspective on a war-time film, showing this through a strong woman?s eyes, in a man?s world. This story is essentially driven by love.

Blanchett yet again, pours emotion into her performance and is of course a believable role. I too, have to give Billy Crudup credit for his performance here which I feel is his greatest to date.

Impressive all around with a much enjoyed plot.
April 3, 2009

Super Reviewer

Cate Blanchett is magnificent as her title role in this war-drama film.
February 19, 2007
Dean McKenna

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