| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Filled with wonderful music and magnificent, subtle acting. The story, however, goes nowhere at a glacial pace.
| Original Score: C+
Maggie Smith and Judi Dench are a great duo, but the film isn't so great.
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
...such a civilized and handsome film that we might be willing to forgive its lack of drama
| Original Score: B
A well-executed Masterpiece Theater leisurely-paced type of drama.
| Original Score: B-
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.
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.
Watching seasoned British actresses Judi Dench and Maggie Smith work together ... is visual and verbal poetry in motion.
| Original Score: 3/4
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'
The film does have Dench and Smith, which counts for a lot. And watching the two of them is at least moderately entertaining.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A fascinating and involving chamber piece for two superb actresses.
| Original Score: 3/4
A wistful little thing about regret, jealousy and love.
Brilliantly subtle performances of stunning skill and beauty. These women are anything but simple and their scope is as broad as the ocean outside their home.
| Original Score: B+
True dames Dench and Smith shine in this directorial debut.
Under Dance's sure hand, and the even surer performances of Smith and Dench, who know that underplaying an emotion often increases its punch, the film is a small study in the dignity of letting go.