The House of Mirth - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The House of Mirth Reviews

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Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
March 21, 2001
So mannered and discreet that it's dull.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 5, 2001
A somber experience that drags on and on at a ponderous pace that would be far too slow if you didn't need the time to construct your own plot in its apparent absence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 22, 2000
The most bloodless and least involving film about turn-of-the-century society since Merchant-Ivory's The Bostonians.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 27, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Stacie Hougland
Hollywood.com
July 2, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
January 1, 2000
It's impossible to describe the awfulness of this thing -- still, for my own catharsis, I'll give it a shot.
| Original Score: void
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
The joyless tone seeps off the screen and ultimately takes its toll on the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Thomson
BBC.com
January 1, 2000
Davies becomes so transfixed by the detail of this self-enclosed world of privileged hypocrites that he omits to give his film any emotional drive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
January 1, 2000
An awful film that features some of the worst acting to deface the big screen in quite some time.
Top Critic
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
Perhaps a director more attuned to actors' performances would help, but Davies seems too preoccupied posing them to take notice.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 8, 2000
Meticulous in every insignificant detail but excruciatingly slow and emotionally bloodless.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
December 21, 2000
A useless movie with hateful characters we care not a whit for.
Top Critic
Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
December 21, 2000
The miscast leads make this stately, BBC-ish adaptation ponderous instead of pointed.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 10, 2001
There's so much unmitigated misery to contend with that the story nearly turns comical.
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Derek Elley
Variety
February 7, 2001
Plays more like Scenes From Edith Wharton's Novel than a dramatically involving adaptation.
Top Critic
February 7, 2001
I can't recall another movie that cries out so incessantly for running commentary.
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
February 7, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 22, 2000
Anderson's talent has many notes, and I liked the presence she brought to Lily Bart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 25, 2000
The power of its story -- especially in the latter moments -- will leave many stunned and deeply affected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
March 24, 2001
The palette of period detail and atmosphere is breathlessly sumptuous, but the story itself unfolds in slo-mo at the speed of life.
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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
June 15, 2001
Kevin Jackson
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
February 7, 2001
April 18, 2001
Kent Jones
Senses of Cinema
June 25, 2001
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
Top Critic
Dennis Harvey
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Ebert & Roeper
February 7, 2001

New Zealand Herald
November 16, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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