• PG, 2 hr. 23 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Terence Davies
    In Theaters:
    Dec 22, 2000 Limited
    On DVD:
    May 29, 2001
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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The House of Mirth Reviews

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Davies has given us a methodical film that seems to move with the deliberateness of a clock slowly winding down.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star

March 23, 2001
Eric D. Snider

So mannered and discreet that it's dull.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C+

March 21, 2001
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Both literate and literary, it is serious without being humorless.

March 16, 2001
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Has a rich, sumptuous look and a talented cast that many other films would kill for.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

March 16, 2001
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

What we're talking about here could hardly be described as a tableau vivant.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 26, 2001
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

Anderson's great performance -- a study in stillness and reserve -- gets us through a story that is almost painful to watch.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee

February 23, 2001
Dave Kehr

Davies brings his elegant aestheticism to bear for the first time on a strong story line and succeeds superbly.

Full Review Source: Citysearch

February 23, 2001
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Exquisite, devastating.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

February 22, 2001
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

An excellent film, with the majority of thanks due to Wharton, Davies and Anderson.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 80/100

February 21, 2001
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Lovely to look at.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

February 12, 2001
Carlo Cavagna

The last act is a hell of a payoff, rendering the preceding events more significant than they at first appear to be

Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com | Original Score: A-

February 12, 2001
Shawn Levy

Pierces the heart and mind with a tale and a treatment that feel all too painfully real.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

February 9, 2001
Derek Elley
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Plays more like Scenes From Edith Wharton's Novel than a dramatically involving adaptation.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 7, 2001
Wendy Weinstein
Film Journal International

Deepens our appreciation of Wharton's genius for observing the intricacies of social life and the greater intricacies of the human heart.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 7, 2001
David Edelstein
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I can't recall another movie that cries out so incessantly for running commentary.

Full Review Source: Slate

February 7, 2001
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

With first-rate performances and sumptuous period detail, this is a very worthwhile adaptation of Wharton's novel.

| Original Score: 4/5

February 7, 2001
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Davies attains a narrative purity of shocking intimacy and emotional force.

| Original Score: 5/5

February 6, 2001
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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A tale of the past that speaks directly to the present.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2001
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
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Mr. Davies' stylish adaptation should certainly please Ms. Wharton's fans.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

February 1, 2001
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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A beautiful, elegantly tasteful film about the utter and complete devastation of a human being.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

January 26, 2001
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