The Portrait of a Lady Reviews

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December 7, 2018
This claustrophobic Portrait of a Lady is the kind of failure only a very gifted filmmaker could make: like it or not, it haunts you.
October 27, 2018
Portrait feels like an elegant party, full of attractive people, beautiful finery and tremendous music (from Wojiech Kilar), yet no excitement. And no matter how many times you revisit the place, it never gets better.
October 27, 2018
This is a film that appeals to the head far more than to the heart, making for a portrait that seems somewhat less than complete.
October 27, 2018
Ten years on, the drama is still too slow but the film is far more watchable in the comfort of one's home with the pause button at the ready.
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
Jane Campion and screenwriter Laura Jones have... produced an adaptation as cinematically intelligent as it is faithful to the original.
October 26, 2018
Breathtakingly beautiful in parts, Portrait as a whole is pretentious, stifling and taxing.
October 26, 2018
The Portrait of a Lady risks being reduced to a quaint 19th-century Dating Game with adoring bachelors appearing at every turn.
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
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 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.
August 29, 2004
Portrait of a Lady looks stylish, but lacks the energy and originality of Campion's previous work.
September 26, 2002
Campion and screenwriter Jones ignore James's brilliant social comedy.
June 18, 2002
Like Martin Scorsese's film of Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, Portrait is a beautiful hybrid: a masterly psychological novel of the upper classes, adapted by a filmmaker famous for modernity, creative brilliance, spontaneity and fire.
April 12, 2002
Loses the nuance [of the novel].
January 1, 2000
A coy New Age prologue, an early dream sequence, and a surrealist black-and-white interlude are at best provocative teasers for an alternative to James that never takes shape.
January 1, 2000
What we have instead is an ambitious effort that works only in patches. If this movie is a portrait, it's a fuzzy one.
January 1, 2000
The Portrait of a Lady is a difficult story to film, and Jane Campion and screenwriter Laura Jones have done an admirable job with this adaptation.
January 1, 2000
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