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The Duchess Reviews

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October 10, 2008
Knightley, whose glamorous reputation has outstripped her acting talents until now, is subjected to a barrage of close-ups, which could have been disastrous. Yet it isn't. In this one, she really comes of age.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
October 9, 2008
[Knightley's] credible performance is definitely one of the best things about this handsome looking-but-inconsistent biographical drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
October 9, 2008
Hums with the rhythms of some of the better Merchant Ivory films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
October 6, 2008
The film starts off strong and slowly peters out by the end
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
October 3, 2008
...fell short by not going into Georgiana's only-alluded-to political life outside her marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
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
October 3, 2008
Now that he seems past his fey middle period, Ralph Fiennes is doing some amazingly good work onscreen.
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.
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
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
October 3, 2008
Keira Knightley is really splendid...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 2, 2008
Relies on energetic chemistry between Knightley and Fiennes but its much ado about nothing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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