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The Duchess Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 29, 2016
Keira wears a series of gorgeous frocks and runs through her full repertoire of smirks and simpers... But if you can look past the dresses and the sullen lips, then you have to admit that [she] delivers another solid performance.
Mike Scott
October 9, 2009
The Duchess doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is: a comfortable, low-calorie morsel of historical drama.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 5, 2009
a refreshing look at British royalty, and it will curb your want to be part of that era, age and societal level
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
February 9, 2009
Everything you'd expect it to be: a well-acted British period piece with lavish attention to period detail, about discontented characters in a royal family. And that's about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
January 24, 2009
At its simplest, it's a gorgeous film with beautiful period costumes and intricate set designs. However, something tells me that's not the level director Saul Dibb wanted to achieve greatest on.
Michael Dequina
January 6, 2009
Knightley and Cooper don't ever generate much in the way of chemistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 31, 2008
Willing to settle for all-around competency instead of excavating history for deeper insights, leaving audiences with another undemanding genre placeholder. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
December 29, 2008
Deserves credit for playing things straight %u2013 complete with its moral quagmire and inherent sadness. The performances of Knightley, Fiennes and Atwell really make it work.
| Original Score: 75/100
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 28, 2008
...plays like a Masterpiece Theater adaptation of an eighteen-century soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 26, 2008
Hands Keira Knightley another plum leading role and serves as yet another example of how Ralph Fiennes' brooding brand of acting can be successfully employed for all manner of characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pete Hammond
November 20, 2008
With striking parallels to the life of her direct descendant, Princess Diana, this stunning film of the tortured love life of Duchess Georgiana Spencer is a triumph for its star, Keira Knightley.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 7, 2008
This is a wonderful film.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 7, 2008
There's something really special about Kiera Knightly in these period pieces.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
October 28, 2008
Relatively painless, at least by the standards of awards-season chum...
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
October 28, 2008
Knightley shines in this tale of grace under pressure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
October 20, 2008
Husbands and boyfriends, be especially diplomatic when accompanying your dates to The Duchess. This lavish look back at a royal pain and his beleaguered bride is a chick flick with anger issues.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 18, 2008
It chronicles the saga of a vibrant and forward-thinking woman hampered by the constraints of a rigid society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
It's disturbingly shallow, focused so tightly on one woman's feelings of repression and loneliness that it lacks any perspective on their causes.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
It's not bad. It's not great. It's just there.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 15, 2008
A film of elegance, wit and some power that's just a bit too compromised by its rather soapy underpinnings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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