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The Duchess Reviews

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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 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
October 10, 2008
...a slightly too serious period costume drama
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
September 17, 2008
It has impeccable production values but feels like a Masterpiece Theater production of a Harlequin romance novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 18, 2008
The Duchess is the best women's movie of the summer. Don't get too excited.
September 16, 2008
In the hands of a filmmaker with an actual point of view--Sally Potter, say, or Mike Leigh--this could be a potentially inflammatory tale. But with TV vet Saul Dibb at the helm, it's just a story about a woman who makes one mistake after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 19, 2008
Princess Di deserves livelier revisionism.
September 17, 2008
As tepid peruke-and-corset periods go, The Duchess goes down with relative ease.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 29, 2008
...a film that could have been a bold feminist statement becomes fodder for those who just loved The Other Boleyn Girl.
September 26, 2008
[Viewers] may wish to heed the marital advice Georgiana's mother offers early in the film: 'Equip yourself with patience, fortitude, and resignation.'
September 29, 2008
Focuses far too much on the cold accuracy of details than actually emotionally involving the audience in the story. Sumptuous but barren
September 25, 2008
All the tawdry behind-closed-doors shenanigans of a daytime talk show, but none of the excitement. It's as if the characters are as bored as we are.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
September 18, 2008
Sadly, we see more of [Knightley's] boudoir than her brain, the main downfall of this no-expense-spared lavish period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 6, 2008
The film starts off strong and slowly peters out by the end
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 24, 2008
Though screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher has stuffed plenty of high-octane incidents into his script, none of them really register.
September 25, 2008
Georgiana seems to get dumber as the years go on instead of learning how to play the game. Blame the hats and rent Atonement.
September 19, 2008
The Duchess is an overstuffed, intellectually underbaked portrait of a poor little rich girl.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
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