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The Duchess Reviews

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
October 14, 2008
Dibb conceived of the right, poignant atmosphere for a glimpse at rarefied 18th-century life but barely read the Cliff's Notes for whose life he was staging, or why he was doing it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Tim Basham
Paste Magazine
October 14, 2008
"In the end it may not be much more than a glorified, period-piece soap opera,...but with riveting performances like these, who cares?"
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
October 12, 2008
More absorbing and honest than your typical costume drama. Fiennes's performance of the painfully antisocial Duke is impeccable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
October 11, 2008
You'd think a film where the titular character gets drunk at a party and sets her wig on fire would be more fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 11, 2008
Underwhelming but serviceable well-crafted 18th-century English period piece costume drama with modern feminist flavorings.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 11, 2008
And here we thought Diana was dead.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kent Turner
October 10, 2008
The film rehabilitates the duchess, sanitizing her behavior
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
October 10, 2008
You'll spend a lot of time in The Duchess wondering if the film has a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
October 10, 2008
Though sumptuous and well-acted -- especially by Fiennes -- the picture fails to establish Georgiana as a figure just crying out for a film treatment.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 10, 2008
It's a beautiful period piece that will send you to a bookstore for a better account of the dirt and vice at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
October 10, 2008
A visually sumptuous, emotionally lacerating melodrama.
| Original Score: 3/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
October 10, 2008
Within the sphere they've chosen for their story -- really more of a romantic triangle -- it works.
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
October 10, 2008
The problem isn't the history that the filmmakers leave in, but how much they leave out.
| Original Score: 2/4
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
October 10, 2008
It's a curiously inert, workmanlike production: a whole lot of pomp and incircumstance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
October 10, 2008
The Duchess is largely successful because it manages to offer those degrees of humanity and romance (if not blandness) amidst the rest of its potent, bodice-ripping drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
October 10, 2008
Knightley turns in a performance that impresses us with the strength of her character even as we're appalled by the system that produced it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 10, 2008
...a slightly too serious period costume drama
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 10, 2008
The tightly corseted title noblewoman is less interesting than the tightly wound people who bedevil her.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 10, 2008
...has fine performances and is reasonably true to the facts...
| Original Score: 3/5
Evan Williams
The Australian
October 10, 2008
Intelligently written, superbly acted, beautiful to look at and happily free of anachronisms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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