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Charlotte Gray Reviews

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 25, 2002
The pace is so lethargic and the focus so diffuse that it's hard to get a fix on Charlotte beyond needless glamorization.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 25, 2002
Mounts a romantic drama of the World War II era in mostly glossy, shallow terms.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 25, 2002
If this is melodrama, it's melodrama of a superior rank, and I salute it.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 25, 2002
While Blanchett's presence is surely felt in virtually every scene of the movie, her acting isn't. We don't connect with her at all.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 24, 2002
This is Blanchett's film. Her quiet, detailed work leaves you wanting more.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 24, 2002
Not a great work but wields powerful weapons in its director and its star.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 11, 2002
Blanchett, who gets better with every performance, takes hold of this movie with a firm but subtle hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 11, 2002
Sometimes war is predictable hell.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 11, 2002
Gives us a woman's view of World War II: There's a taut sense of danger here, and a different kind of valor at work.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 11, 2002
Charlotte is another fine portrait for Blanchett's growing gallery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 11, 2002
Blanchett is an extraordinary actress, and she does what she can to flesh out the material. But Charlotte is one of the least active underground operatives in movie history.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 11, 2002
This is a movie that looks great, is well-acted, and tells a story that you can't believe for a moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 11, 2002
It's that most unfortunate of commodities, a thing of muffled usualness, virtually generic.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 11, 2002
This is a frustratingly inert story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 10, 2002
One wishes that the muddled script ... had received the same attention as the costumes and cinematography.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 10, 2002
Rather good at its best and never truly bad at its worst, Charlotte Gray occupies a gray zone.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 10, 2002
When it finally stops being exasperating, Charlotte settles into a genuinely moving tale.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 10, 2002
Mostly a sparkless film: a would-be thinking-person's tearjerker whose cliché plot lines and ice-cold sentimentality sabotage its best intentions.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 10, 2002
Blanchett and Crudup are on the verge of stardom, but they're toppled here by a familiar and tepid story.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 8, 2002
Armstrong turns Sebastian Faulks' pungent novel about World War II into a soporific.
| Original Score: 1/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 8, 2002
While Charlotte Gray is too well-made to be considered sub-par, it is not stimulating enough to be regarded as much better than mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 8, 2002
Redolent with luxurious, old-fashioned pleasures.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 3, 2002
This is what they used to call a real 'movie movie.'
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 28, 2001
A sweeping World War II drama that displays so much promise with its beautiful cinematography and superb portrayal by Cate Blanchett that you scarcely notice (or even care) that the story is a bit thin.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 28, 2001
Have that bottom-scraping feeling of being the final story to be told about the great conflict.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 28, 2001
Listless and shockingly lifeless.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 28, 2001
Despite Cate Blanchett's strong performance in the title role, the World War II spy film is lacking the requisite thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 28, 2001
The movie's problem is that the screenplay (by Jeremy Brock) accentuates the book's weaknesses while skirting its strengths -- much of the detail is gone, but the melodrama is more florid than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 27, 2001
The movie works so diligently to convey a spirit of heroic uplift and fails so completely that it feels like a tragic misfire.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 27, 2001
Muted and phony.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
December 25, 2001
Brock's script deepens the purples of Faulks's prose while airbrushing out the grays.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 16, 2001
Lacking any sort of urgency, suspense or passion, the film mystifies rather than thrills.