The Duchess Reviews

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February 9, 2009
Everything you'd expect it to be: a well-acted British period piece with lavish attention to period detail, about discontented characters in a royal family. And that's about it.
January 24, 2009
At its simplest, it's a gorgeous film with beautiful period costumes and intricate set designs. However, something tells me that's not the level director Saul Dibb wanted to achieve greatest on.
January 6, 2009
Knightley and Cooper don't ever generate much in the way of chemistry.
December 31, 2008
Willing to settle for all-around competency instead of excavating history for deeper insights, leaving audiences with another undemanding genre placeholder. [Blu-ray]
December 28, 2008
...plays like a Masterpiece Theater adaptation of an eighteen-century soap opera.
October 28, 2008
Relatively painless, at least by the standards of awards-season chum...
October 18, 2008
October 18, 2008
It's disturbingly shallow, focused so tightly on one woman's feelings of repression and loneliness that it lacks any perspective on their causes.
October 18, 2008
It's not bad. It's not great. It's just there.
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.
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.
October 11, 2008
Underwhelming but serviceable well-crafted 18th-century English period piece costume drama with modern feminist flavorings.
October 10, 2008
The film rehabilitates the duchess, sanitizing her behavior
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.
October 10, 2008
The problem isn't the history that the filmmakers leave in, but how much they leave out.
October 10, 2008
It's a curiously inert, workmanlike production: a whole lot of pomp and incircumstance.
October 10, 2008
...a slightly too serious period costume drama
October 10, 2008
The tightly corseted title noblewoman is less interesting than the tightly wound people who bedevil her.
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.
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.
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