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The Duchess Reviews

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Top Critic
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 5, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
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

National Post
October 18, 2008
| Original Score: 3/4
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
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
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 11, 2008
And here we thought Diana was dead.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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
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