The Portrait of a Lady Reviews

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October 27, 2018
Director Jane Campion not only alludes to the contemporary resonance of this hundred-year-old tale, but with this bold stamp she lays claim to the story that follows as wholly her own.
October 27, 2018
The beauty of Jane Campion's film lies not in what is said, but what is not said. The understated is beautifully captured in this stunning period piece.
October 27, 2018
Jane Campion and screenwriter Laura Jones have... produced an adaptation as cinematically intelligent as it is faithful to the original.
October 26, 2018
The point of this imagery is not that Isabel has relapsed into the figure of the Gothic heroine, but that that figure in part informs her sense of self.
October 26, 2018
The film wraps with triumphantly, if obliquely, in a gothically bleak snowy England after the false sunshine of Italy. The film's beautiful cinematography and locations are complimented by a hauntingly romantic score.
October 26, 2018
I find Portrait of a Lady to be one of the years best.
October 26, 2018
Like many relationships, it sounds improbable but it succeeds.
October 26, 2018
This ain't no Merchant Ivory party, [Campion] announces from the outset. This ain't no Masterpiece Theatre disco.
October 26, 2018
The cinematography is gorgeous, the sets and costumes are opulent, and Campion has assembled a first-rate A-level cast, led by Nicole Kidman.
October 26, 2018
I think if you care for James, you must see it. It is not an adaptation but an interpretation. It gives us Isabel from a new angle. And it is well acted.
October 26, 2018
For all its misfires, The Portrait of a Lady paints a fascinating picture.
August 23, 2009
An easy thing to dislike, I suppose, and even easier to find it absolutely fascinating.
March 27, 2009
Not as successful for director Jane Campion as The Piano, this costume drama based on Henry James's novel nevertheless makes for compelling viewing.
October 21, 2006
The film is stunningly visualized -- dark yellows, greens and blacks, diagonal rows of Roman pines, a parasol twirling ominously in a catacomb. But it's conventionalized by the notion that sexual hunger is what leads Isabel catastrophically astray.
June 26, 2005
August 22, 2003
May 27, 2003
A sophisticated and elegant period piece with the right touch of feminist flourishes to elevate this compelling fable
January 10, 2003
So bold and well-orchestrated that you sometimes want to cheer the vividness of a single shot, the humor of a fleeting detail.
August 28, 2002
Presents a bold and bewitching screen adaptation of the novel by Henry James.
July 28, 2002
Campion choreographs this dense, exquisitely plotted waltz of treachery and horrific revelation with, for the most part, breathtaking grace and clarity.
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