Mrs. Dalloway (1998)



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Movie Info

Virginia Woolf's difficult 1925 novel about a woman reflecting on choices made 30 years earlier is a smartly conceived, beautifully executed study of four intersecting lives in Edwardian England.

Rating: PG-13 (For emotional elements and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Eileen Atkins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 28, 1999



as Clarissa Dalloway

as Peter Walsh

as Young Clarissa

as Young Peter

as Richard Dalloway

as Rezia Warren Smith

as Young Sally

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as Sally Seton/Lady Ros...

as Young Richard

as Hugh Whitbread

as Young Hugh

as Elizabeth Dalloway

as Aunt Helena

as Lionel, Clarissa's ...

as Miss Kilman

as Sir William Bradshaw

as Lady Bruton

as Joseph Breitkopf

as Bookshop Assistant

as Miss Pym

as Nursemaid

as Elderly Woman

as Man on Bench

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as Old Woman/Singer
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Critic Reviews for Mrs. Dalloway

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (12)

Director Marleen Gorris and screenwriter Eileen Atkins have done a remarkable job of suggesting the inner mental jumble Woolf strove to convey and constructing an exterior narrative of luminous beauty.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A highly romantic, deeply melancholy drama, the film offers psychological and existential insights about the inevitable effects - and price - of life choices.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Vanessa Redgrave is such a majestic screen presence -- so luminous and wise -- that even the stilted "Mrs. Dalloway" is hard-pressed to dim her radiance.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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The first act will be perplexing for those unfamiliar with the novel, but Redgrave's performance steers us through, and by the end we understand with complete, final clarity what the story was about.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie doesn't offer hash; it is well ordered, beautiful, and clear. But it does what movies do, not what Virginia Woolf does.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

he film adaptation of ''Mrs. Dalloway'' is as elegantly wrought and reflective as the material allows (which is to say that in this case, a trip to the library makes for an invaluable part of the experience).

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Mrs. Dalloway


This movie is another from the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival. Its not a bad film, even though I only give it 2 1/2 stars, its just not a good movie for me. I am sure any women over 50 might enjoy this as she looks back at her life and wonders about the decisions she made. That's what the film is about, women just coming out of hospital is looking back at her life and wondering. My answer is just be happy with what you have, no matter how bad it is, be happy, if you went the other way you might have it worst. Its a British Film (BBC) its slow and dry but then again one might find it enjoyable if they read Virginia Wolff Novels as I believe its based on one of her books. 2 1/2 stars.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


What did you expect from me? You know how much I love period pieces especially one that are particularly dull. Are reviewers swayed by the existence of corsets to continually rave about these pieces? Part of me thinks that is the case.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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