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Washington Square

Washington Square (1997)

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71

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

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69

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Movie Info

This film is the second effort to bring to the screen the 1880 Henry James novel of the same title (the first was The Heiress in 1949). Set in 1850 among the aristocracy of New York, Washington Square examines the inhibitions of Catherine Sloper (Jennifer Jason Leigh), the only child of wealthy Dr. Austin Sloper (Albert Finney). Catherine is clumsy and shy and something of an embarrassment to her high-class father. Dr. Sloper still unconsciously resents the child because her birth caused the

PG,

Drama, Romance

Carol Doyle

Sep 3, 2002

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (5) | DVD (1)

Jennifer Jason Leigh shows a surprising flair for modest, introspective moods in Agnieszka Holland's deftly directed adaptation of Henry James's quietly compassionate novel.

April 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comment (1)
Christian Science Monitor

Washington Square comes closer than did The Heiress to what James originally wrote: an elegy to a woman whom few people notice and no one loves.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Registers strongly on the emotions as a poignant and powerful meditation upon loss.

March 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Guys, go see this movie (the first half) to find out how to treat a lady. My friend wanted to borrow my notebook and make notes for himself.

June 15, 2001 Full Review

Painstakingly produced, dramatically compelling, and acted with skill and intensity.

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

With her usual abandon, Leigh at first loses herself in Catherine's gaudy dresses and nervous tics. As the story progresses, however, the actress lets us see there is considerably more going on with this girl than first meets the eye.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Leigh may sound like a peculiar casting choice for a costume drama, but her trademark mannerisms and mumbly elocution are a perfect fit.

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

Audience Reviews for Washington Square

Another from the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival, this festival was loaded with outstanding films, Film list can be obtained on the net. So far I have watched about 18 of them and have yet to be disappointed. This Film is based on the novel written by Henry James. This one is about a young girl who stands to inherited a fortune and her suitor is in question by her father, as to his motives. The time period is portrayed well along with outstanding actors, make this film worth seeing. I have to rate it 4 stars.
August 10, 2009
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Bruce Bruce

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Holland's treatment of Washington Square goes across the line of the interesting into something quite dull. When Jennifer Jason Leigh flops down dramatically in the midst of the film, it represented the most exciting thing about it. Zzzzzz...
December 27, 2012
John Ballantine

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An interesting film!
December 19, 2007
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Leo L

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