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The House of Mirth (2000)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 96
Fresh: 78 | Rotten: 18

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


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 6

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



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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


Drama, Romance

Terence Davies

May 29, 2001

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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.

April 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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This is very much Anderson's film.

April 6, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It has such an eerie contemporary resonance that you nearly forget about the horses and corsets and lamplight.

April 6, 2001
Miami Herald
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Both literate and literary, it is serious without being humorless.

March 16, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
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Lovely to look at.

February 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Meticulously made with graceful style, Terence Davies' adaptation of Wharton is superior to Scorsese's Age of Innocence, the author's other famous novel.

August 18, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A very worthwhile adaptation of Wharton's novel.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Everything about the film feels ornate but funereal, like an airless luxury suite on the last night of an affair.

January 2, 2004 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Besides his remarkable ability to render a profound sense of past in all his films, Davies can uncannily map out the emotions of his characters via his mise-en-scene.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Ultimately, each passing minute equates to another cruel twist of the knife, and the audience cannot help but be riveted.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source:

It's a work of great artistry and integrity...

September 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Lily is played by a lustrous Gillian Anderson, who is quite good at keeping a lovely, impenetrable mask in place as Lily moves through her rounds of parties, opening night galas and dinners.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

The truth is out there. And the truth is that The X-Files's Gillian Anderson is badly miscast as Lily Bart.

November 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Gillian Anderson da muestras inusitadas de una versatilidad que seguramente le traerá buenos dividendos en el futuro

July 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Moviola

Far better than most swill heading for shelter under comparisons to Merchant-Ivory or Masterpiece Theatre.

May 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

An entrancing, entirely satisfying piece of work.

May 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Sumptuous to the eye, riveting to the ear and prickly to the heart.

May 4, 2001
Jam! Movies

Not since A Room with a View has a classic novel been so perfectly realized on film.

April 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Movieline

Director Terrance Davies is only partially successful at making a gripping film about cold, despicable people.

April 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Populated by three-dimensional characters who quietly illustrate the hypocrisy and double-dealing required to keep one's spot in society.

April 6, 2001
Jam! Movies

[Anderson] delivers fine moments of high emotion in the movie's climactic moments.

April 6, 2001
Philadelphia Daily News

We're drawn slowly, if not completely, into this world of brittle gentility and subtle hostility.

April 6, 2001
Charlotte Observer

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.
May 1, 2007

Super Reviewer

Good and beautiful to look at but so depressing!
March 17, 2014
jay nixon

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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
October 7, 2011
Stella Dallas

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Gillian Anderson is a perfect Lily Bart, because we realize that though the narrative is ostensibly centered on her, her blandness really lets the supporting cast shine (particularly the Lovely Laura Linney!).
May 2, 2011

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