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Ladies in Lavender Reviews

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Smith is rather wasted...Perhaps if the actresses had exchanged roles, this pallid palette would have had more emotional color.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net

One wonders how much of their performances came from Dance's direction and how much came from the actresses themselves, but what counts is what is there on the screen, which is more than satisfactory.

Full Review Source: european-films.net

May 2, 2006
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Filled with wonderful music and magnificent, subtle acting. The story, however, goes nowhere at a glacial pace.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C+

September 19, 2005
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Maggie Smith and Judi Dench are a great duo, but the film isn't so great.

August 12, 2005
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Remaining locked in Ursula and Janet's fantasies, Ladies in Lavender evades complexity with monomania.

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August 9, 2005
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Dance is so tentative and tasteful in his direction that he never draws out the underlying emotions beneath the polite exteriors.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

July 28, 2005
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

There's something irresistibly admirable about Dance's decision to make a film based on a short story by a long-out-of-favor writer like William J. Locke.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

July 20, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...such a civilized and handsome film that we might be willing to forgive its lack of drama

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: B

July 15, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's a British period piece, full of the sylvan Cornish coast and countryside, vintage motorcars, steam threshers and sensibilities. Pity they left out a compelling plot.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

July 8, 2005
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A well-executed Masterpiece Theater leisurely-paced type of drama.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

July 2, 2005
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

There is nothing like a Dame. Ladies in Lavender boasts two: Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. And they're enough to make this cinematic tea cozy eminently watchable.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal | Original Score: B-

July 1, 2005
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Dench and Smith are the sort of performers that students of fine acting are pleased to watch in anything, even if it's sweet-but-unsatisfying, unremarkable stuff like this.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B-

June 30, 2005
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Dance sets up a charming premise and then slowly lets the air out of it over the course of 100 minutes, limping to a predictable and pat conclusion.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 30, 2005
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

Watching seasoned British actresses Judi Dench and Maggie Smith work together ... is visual and verbal poetry in motion.

| Original Score: 3/4

June 27, 2005
Piet Levy
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It's sweet, but ultimately, unfulfilling and hollow.

| Original Score: 2/4

June 24, 2005
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The movie recognizes that older women aren't exclusively cute, comical, feisty, eccentric or wise. They also can be petty, morose and sexual.

| Original Score: '3/4'

June 24, 2005
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The film does have Dench and Smith, which counts for a lot. And watching the two of them is at least moderately entertaining.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 10, 2005
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

The story slowly - way too slowly - descends into silly soap opera that robs the stars, especially Dench as a moony spinster, of their dignity.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

June 10, 2005
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Embalmed in a thick oil of expansive inoffensiveness.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 9, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A fascinating and involving chamber piece for two superb actresses.

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

June 4, 2005
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