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May 7, 2014
Mostly stupid manipulation movie from beginning to end.
November 20, 2012
Lange saves this one.
September 22, 2012
Jessica Lange is far too attractive to be Bette, and the plot is so far from the book that it makes little sense. Masterpiece Theater's version was far superior.
September 14, 2012
A very self controlled Jessica Lange unlike her other roles that she wonderfully plays as a mad hysterical woman.
July 27, 2012
A great final scene highlights this revenge tale.
May 13, 2012
i am a huge fan of dark comedies when done right. "cousin bette" does not fall into that category.
March 26, 2012
Only highlights here are Hugh Laurie and Toby Jones. In a movie of nearly two hours, it is quite little to satisfy.
½ January 29, 2012
i haven't read the book, so i can't compare it, but you can predict much of the characters richness comes from Balzac. Lange is very good on her faces.
January 25, 2012
The miscast talents of some very good actors are wasted in this completely unengaging film.
October 26, 2011
Institutionalized Gender Oppression

And then I got so bored that I died and had to leave.
Super Reviewer
September 28, 2011
Jessica Lange plays a family's dowdy ugly duckling, given the short shrift habitually, who's as mad as hell and not going to take it anymore in this flighty costumer that promises more than it delivers. Revenge, served at room temperature.
½ February 21, 2011
except for Lange this movie is so wrongly cast....Laurie, Shue and the rest aren't strong enough to pull off what could have been a good movie...Aden Young, in particular, showcases mediocrity....such a shame - avoid
½ October 1, 2010
What a sinister woman!
Super Reviewer
½ July 31, 2010
(1998 Director: Des McAnluff) Co-stars Hugh Laurie alias Dr. House [review fo follow]
½ May 12, 2010
Una comedia de epoca imprescindible...
June 11, 2009
A great 'revenge' movie, about an under appreciated seamstress at the start of the French Revolution. Hugh Laurie plays an important supporting role, giving us a glimpse of his more classical, English theatre training. Makes one wary of the words: "Life can be so dull..."
January 10, 2009
Dangerous Liaisons' second cousin.
Super Reviewer
½ April 4, 2008
[font=Century Gothic]"Cousin Bette" starts in 1846 in Paris where Bette(Jessica Lange) declines an offer following the death of her sister(Geraldine Chaplin) to serve in the widow's(Hugh Laurie) household. Instead, she makes ends meet barely in a variety of tasks including making costumes for the theatre. Despite that, she still visits with them frequently, especially young Hortense(Kelly Macdonald) who is set to be married off. At the advanced age of 40, Bette is also unmarried, hoping one day that her prince will come. He does sort of when a broke Polish sculptor, Wenceslas(Aden Young), attempts to kill himself and she nurses him back to health.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Cousin Bette" is proof that a very good cast is no guarantee for a movie's quality, especially with miscasting as egregious as it is here. To start, it is hard to buy Jessica Lange as plain and unassuming. And Hugh Laurie is simply much too young for his part. These are the least of the flaws on display which include insufficient character development, broad caricatures and lackadaisical direction. The fragmented narrative which never truly comes together feels like there is quite a bit missing. All of which is a shame because there are some very witty moments and an intriguing setting on the cusp of the 1848 revolutions which rocked the French monarchy once and for all.[/font]
January 12, 2008
this movie made me a big fan of jessica lange...gre├Ąt acting....!!!
December 6, 2007
tale of revenge, kind of along the same as Dangerous Liasions. Was OK.
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