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The Duchess Reviews

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
October 10, 2008
If you love stories with powdered wigs and scandal, you won't want to miss "The Duchess."
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Bill Gibron
October 9, 2008
(U)nless you are a spinster sans a recognizable love life, or someone with little previous knowledge of the genre, everything here will seem rote, baroque, and exceedingly dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 9, 2008
[Knightley's] credible performance is definitely one of the best things about this handsome looking-but-inconsistent biographical drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 9, 2008
The Duchess is clearly Knightley's movie, ultimately rising or falling on her performance. She's up to the task, capturing both the charm and grace that made Georgiana so captivating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 9, 2008
Hums with the rhythms of some of the better Merchant Ivory films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 9, 2008
Dibb and his two co-writers are far more concerned with all the tiresome drawing-room melodrama than they are with Georgiana's influence on society.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 8, 2008
The Duchess is an intelligent and compelling period drama that offers a critical examination of the lot of women and the abuses of men in a time when such behavior was standard and acceptable.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 6, 2008
The film starts off strong and slowly peters out by the end
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 3, 2008
The sumptuous dresses and hats are the best and almost the only reason to see the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 3, 2008
...fell short by not going into Georgiana's only-alluded-to political life outside her marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 3, 2008
Director Saul Dibb pretends that all this stuff is new without actually making it so, and Knightley provides a few requisite Oscar clips with her performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Time Out Sydney
October 3, 2008
A mature, restrained portrayal from Knightley, a masterclass in passive aggression from Fiennes and a performance of tender seduction from Atwell.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
October 3, 2008
Now that he seems past his fey middle period, Ralph Fiennes is doing some amazingly good work onscreen.

FILMINK (Australia)
October 3, 2008
The film's real power lies with Knightley. She easily could have gone over the emotional top, but instead gives a measured performance that increasingly draws you in.
Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
October 3, 2008
A handsome costume drama that highlights the relationship between the Cinderella outfits and the restrictive privilege of the society from whence they came.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
October 3, 2008
Knightley seems overly deliberate even in her mischief, and doesn't have Kirsten Dunst's talent for turning acting into a flirtatious game of charades.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
October 3, 2008
Keira Knightley is really splendid...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
October 2, 2008
Relies on energetic chemistry between Knightley and Fiennes but its much ado about nothing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
September 30, 2008
There is rarely a look at the outside world, and isn't that one of the reasons we watch period pieces? We've been here. We've done this. Period.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Chris Barsanti
September 29, 2008
...a film that could have been a bold feminist statement becomes fodder for those who just loved The Other Boleyn Girl.
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