Hilary and Jackie Reviews

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Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
This is an actors' film, and the actors are actually rather good. That may not make it a fashionable movie, but it's not a negligible achievement.
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David Stratton
March 26, 2009
Eye-grabbing performances from Emily Watson and Rachel Griffiths, who portray celebrated British cellist Jacqueline Du Pre and her older sister, Hilary, distinguish this ambitious but flawed biography, the debut feature from Anand Tucker.
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Tom Charity
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Watson's performance is virtuoso: passionate, sensitive, impressionable and sometimes grotesque; and she's well matched by the subtle Griffiths and vibrant Morrisey.
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
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
As exhilarating, passionate and profound as the music it celebrates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
A good, if draining, film.
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.
Susan Granger
January 1, 2000
[An] interesting, insightful film ...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
Emily Watson as Jacqueline Du Pre and Rachel Griffiths as her sister Hilary are wonderful together!
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Dustin Putman
January 1, 2000
A thought-provoking and poignant ode to Jackie du Pre's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
A flawed but powerful Shine-esque tale of love, music, and madness!
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
An uncommonly well-rounded portrait of a tormented genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Arthur Lazere
January 1, 2000
Depressing rather than uplifting; it does not offer catharsis-that relief or discharge of the sadness that would arise out of new understanding or insight.
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Bob Fenster
Arizona Republic
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.
Allan Ulrich
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
What we never discover - and it is a fatal lapse in films like this - is why music has so seized Jackie, why it is important for her to be an artist, at the risk of her sanity.
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.
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Paul Tatara
January 1, 2000
"Hilary and Jackie" is either an incredibly complex movie or an incredibly confusing one. Since I can't seem to make up my mind which one it is, I guess I'll have to cast my vote for confusing.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
While the raw material may be compelling, it doesn't always add up to satisfactory cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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