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Ladies in Lavender Reviews


Time Out
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February 9, 2006

AV Club
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September 26, 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

Houston Chronicle
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July 5, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 5, 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
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A wistful little thing about regret, jealousy and love.

| Original Score: 3/4

June 2, 2005
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 27, 2005
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A funny, civilized little romantic drama in which Smith co-stars with the equally estimable Judi Dench.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 27, 2005
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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As long as Dench or Smith is on the screen there's plenty to absorb one's interest.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 27, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Dance has had the great good fortune to cast two legendary British actresses, and thus Ladies in Lavender gets elevated to the rare-treat category.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 27, 2005
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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Pastel-light but highly pleasurable.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 27, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Not even the skills of Dames Smith and Judi Dench can make this tea strong enough to swallow.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

May 27, 2005
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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The kind of Masterpiece Theater-type film that does its level best to bland us into a pleasant slumber.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 26, 2005
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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There are two royal reasons to see the film -- Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith, both over 70 and still very much in their prime.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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With the bell-jar atmosphere familiar to certain period pieces, it suggest we are not the only nation with tired, go-to genres.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 13, 2005
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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Just formula entertainment, classy but still trite.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2005
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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As compelling and original as this theme is, it's not enough to keep our attention, no matter how lovely the ladies in lavender are.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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A film of graceful persuasion and quiet majesty.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

May 12, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Ladies in Lavender assembles those two great Dames, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, and sends them off to play sisters sharing a cozy little cottage on the Cornwall coast. That is an inspiration. What they do there is a disappointment.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 12, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A sweet little character sketch that is low on drama but high on charm.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

May 12, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The two thespian lovelies would enchant just reading the phone book.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

May 11, 2005

Ebert & Roeper
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May 5, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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It's a conventional picture, but it feels so deeply alive that it's practically a novelty.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

April 29, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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For all the film's good intentions, it never comes to a dramatic boil.

| Original Score: 2/4

April 29, 2005
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Ultimately, Dance is unable to connect the many threads of his rather flimsy script, leading to an abrupt and somewhat unsatisfying conclusion.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 29, 2005
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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A pleasure from start to finish.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 28, 2005
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Ladies in Lavender offers the opportunity to watch two beloved dames of the British Empire rattle around a house in Cornwall.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 28, 2005
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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Ladies in Lavender oscillates between scenes so relentlessly nice they make you want to scream and others -- particularly those depicting the crush Dench develops on her new housemate -- creepier than anything in The Amityville Horror.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 28, 2005
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Smith is at her jauntiest, but it's Dench who catches you by surprise because she's rarely been given a character so emotionally vulnerable and delicately yearning.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

April 28, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Ladies in Lavender, carefully written and superbly directed by the actor Charles Dance, is a film of unusual elegance and artistry.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 27, 2005
David Ng
Village Voice
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While they never look bored, Smith and Dench are clearly slumming, having played these roles in other costume pics.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 26, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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It is no more than a warm cup of tea on a chilly afternoon. The reward comes in seeing these two great actresses at work.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 17, 2005
Jay Weissberg
Variety
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Full of delightful moments that throw into high relief the actors' craft.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 17, 2005
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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There is nothing like a couple of dames -- especially when the ladies in question happen to be the divine Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith.

September 21, 2004
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