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Mrs. Dalloway (1998)

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90

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 1

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58

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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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.

PG-13,

Drama, Romance

Sep 28, 1999

BMG

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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.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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A highly romantic, deeply melancholy drama, the film offers psychological and existential insights about the inevitable effects - and price - of life choices.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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).

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York 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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Great story but stilted film.

June 12, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Effective version of the book. Good double feature with The Hours.

October 15, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Inconsistent yet ultimately satisfying ...

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Self-important piffle ...

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Vividly conveys the message of Woolf's novel- despite social and psychological differences, we are all connected.

March 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

So caught up in being reserved and proper that [it] fails to show us any emotion at all.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

The film never rises above the dull, comforting worthiness of a 'Masterpiece Theatre' production

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

[The] complex story structure is virtually impossible to reproduce on the screen. But thanks to Redgrave's dazzling turn and some other fine performances, Gorris and screenwriter Eileen Atkins come reasonably close.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Attempts to be moving, it left me cold.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

A film that is as dull as dishwater even if most of the cast is quite talented.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Cinematic soporific for the cynically reclined. Unalliteratively, it's a snooze.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

There's probably a point to be made, but the film lacks the confidence to make it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinematter
Cinematter

The entire ensemble, but especially Ms. Redgrave, convey the flights of feeling that entangle their lives, the sudden changes of fervor that make life both exciting and anxiety-ridden.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

Gorris has met the challenge of Woolf's style, translating it into motion-picture terms with a surprising degree of success.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

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.
June 16, 2009
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Bruce Bruce

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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.
January 27, 2012
John Ballantine

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