• R, 2 hr.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Anand Tucker
  • In Theaters:    Dec 30, 1998 Wide
  • On DVD:    Jul 20, 1999
  • October Films

Hilary and Jackie Reviews

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 7, 2004

No, it's not a movie about two first ladies married to adulterous husbands.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
August 23, 2002

One of the best films of the year. An emotionally gripping tale about obsession, family and love.

| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002

Shows the high price that must be paid by families with a genius in their midst.

Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

One of the most insightful and wrenching portraits of the joys and tribulations of being a classical musician ever filmed.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000

A compelling look at the life of a classical musician as well as the lasting effects of sibling rivalry.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000

Brilliant, heart-wrenching!

Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

A flawed but powerful Shine-esque tale of love, music, and madness!

James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 1, 2000

has already drawn comparisons to 'Shine' ...But 'Hilary' is a more accomplished and demanding film, one that doesn't find a convenient villain to pin cellist Jacqueline Du Pre's troubles on.

Dustin Putman
January 1, 2000

A thought-provoking and poignant ode to Jackie du Pre's life.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000

An uncommonly well-rounded portrait of a tormented genius.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sjohnna McCray
TNT's Rough Cut
January 1, 2000

It's an artsy soap opera that would serve as a monumental TV movie, but shines dimly as a feature film.

Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000

You're so disconnected from the protagonists in this film...that you really don't care what happens to either Jackie or Hilary.

Bob Fenster
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

The story is told in such a chopped-up way that it often seems pointless and certainly devoid of much-needed editing.

Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

GUTSY, moving, provocative, intelligent and thoroughly grown-up, Hilary and Jackie is one of the best movies of the year.

Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

A superb biographical account of the tragic life of cellist Jacqueline Du Pre and of the complex relationship between her and her older sister!

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Profound and haunting!

Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
January 1, 2000

A revelation when it allows us to see what people surrender for art, as well as why people surrender their art.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

This is as rich and powerful a film as has been released in 1998!

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

An extraordinary film!

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Brunette
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

The acting by Emily Watson and Rachel Griffiths, playing Jackie and Hilary, respectively, as adults, is first-rate.

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