Davies has given us a methodical film that seems to move with the deliberateness of a clock slowly winding down.
So mannered and discreet that it's dull.
| Original Score: C+
Both literate and literary, it is serious without being humorless.
Has a rich, sumptuous look and a talented cast that many other films would kill for.
What we're talking about here could hardly be described as a tableau vivant.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Anderson's great performance -- a study in stillness and reserve -- gets us through a story that is almost painful to watch.
Davies brings his elegant aestheticism to bear for the first time on a strong story line and succeeds superbly.
An excellent film, with the majority of thanks due to Wharton, Davies and Anderson.
| Original Score: 80/100
Lovely to look at.
| Original Score: B+
The last act is a hell of a payoff, rendering the preceding events more significant than they at first appear to be
| Original Score: A-
Pierces the heart and mind with a tale and a treatment that feel all too painfully real.
Plays more like Scenes From Edith Wharton's Novel than a dramatically involving adaptation.
Deepens our appreciation of Wharton's genius for observing the intricacies of social life and the greater intricacies of the human heart.
I can't recall another movie that cries out so incessantly for running commentary.
With first-rate performances and sumptuous period detail, this is a very worthwhile adaptation of Wharton's novel.
| Original Score: 4/5
Davies attains a narrative purity of shocking intimacy and emotional force.
| Original Score: 5/5
A tale of the past that speaks directly to the present.
| Original Score: 3/4
Mr. Davies' stylish adaptation should certainly please Ms. Wharton's fans.
A beautiful, elegantly tasteful film about the utter and complete devastation of a human being.