The House of Mirth (2000)



Critic Consensus: Despite being a period piece, The House of Mirth's depiction of social cruelty still feels chilling and relevant for today.

Movie Info

Adapted from the Edith Wharton novel, the story is a sustained snarl of rage at a world where women are overwhelmingly dependent on men for their livelihoods and in which one malicious whisper can destroy a life. Lily Bart is a ravishing socialite at the height of her success who quickly discovers the precariousness of her position when her beauty and charm start attracting unwelcome interest and jealousy. Torn between her heart and her head, Lily always seems to do the right thing at the wrong … More

Rating: PG (for thematic material)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Terence Davies
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 29, 2001
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as Lawrence Selden

as Gus Trenor

as Bertha Dorset

as Sim Rosedale

as George Dorset

as Carry Fisher

as Mrs. Peniston

as Percy Gryce

as Grace Stepney

as Judy Trenor

as Evie Van Osburgh

as Mrs. Haffen

as Jack Stepney

as Gwen Stepney

as Mrs. Hatch

as Madame Regina

as Miss Haines

as Mrs. Bry

as Lord Hubert Dacy

as Jennings the Butler

as Mattie Gormer

as Paul Morpeth

as Edith Fisher

as Parlour Maid

as Dorset Butler

as Landlady

as Millinery Girl

as Millinery Girl

as Millinery Girl

as Millinery Girl
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Critic Reviews for The House of Mirth

All Critics (114) | Top Critics (37)

Davies breathes fresh air through the wax museum corridors of the costume drama by finding behind all that stiff-spined pomp and circumstance the most venal of impulses.

Full Review… | April 6, 2001
Toronto Star
Top Critic

This is very much Anderson's film.

April 6, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

It has such an eerie contemporary resonance that you nearly forget about the horses and corsets and lamplight.

April 6, 2001
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Both literate and literary, it is serious without being humorless.

March 16, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Meticulously made with graceful style, Terence Davies' adaptation of Wharton is superior to Scorsese's Age of Innocence, the author's other famous novel.

Full Review… | August 18, 2012

A very worthwhile adaptation of Wharton's novel.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
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Audience Reviews for The House of Mirth


"I have tried. I have tried hard -- but life is difficult, and I am a very useless person."

Great line. A little close to the bone, but great.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

Good and beautiful to look at but so depressing!

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


it's a bit stiff in the execution and the bulk of it's power derives from wharton's novel: a woman of independent ideas is crushed by the 19th century. gillian anderson well deserves all the praise; however eric stoltz and dan ackroyd just seem odd in this setting. i cried a lil bit. love costume drama. i'm such a girl :P

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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