The Duchess Reviews

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November 17, 2011
May 13, 2009
November 7, 2008
This is a wonderful film.
November 7, 2008
There's something really special about Kiera Knightly in these period pieces.
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 chronicles the saga of a vibrant and forward-thinking woman hampered by the constraints of a rigid society.
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.
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.
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.
September 26, 2008
Fiennes, an actor who disappears into roles like ice in a teacup, makes the Duke a complex and almost sympathetic figure, a bulky, unappealing man whose interests are in all the wrong things.
September 26, 2008
Beguiling.
September 26, 2008
There's nothing here to show us what a remarkable woman Georgiana was, if indeed she was at all.
September 26, 2008
It isn't just eye candy; there's an active intelligence behind this design.
September 26, 2008
Though extravagantly pretty, The Duchess still manages to be a costume drama in which the drama survives the costumes.
September 26, 2008
It's easy to joke about Knightley's fondness for period dramas. But we shouldn't underestimate her ability to channel the historic and modern into one compelling figure -- or her grasp of the power of dress-up to free performance.
September 26, 2008
I'm not sure why The Duchess doesn't wholly succeed, because the pieces are all there and they're very watchable.
September 26, 2008
Sure, The Duchess is a lavish exercise in style over substance, but it's a well-crafted, superbly acted one.
September 26, 2008
This is scandal-mongering fun that also lays bare the deforming power of the male aristocracy.
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 25, 2008
While I much liked The Duchess, this portrait feels unfinished.
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