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April 24, 2016
Not a bad story about a woman who becomes a ww2 secret agent, I just couldn't get past the annoying Cate Blanchet.
March 12, 2016
This movie has given me four tingles and I'm only half through it. It's too real. The tingle is what you get when you think you're sober but you see art that wakes you up.
Now why did the critics in 2002 not want you to see this movie? Because 2001 had "changed the world forever" which meant, "From now on, don't ask questions." This movie asks them and answers them. To summarize, let me quote Aquinas: war is so morally problematic, only the best people should engage in it.
Super Reviewer
½ February 21, 2016
Average war stuff starring Cate Blanchett. A little insight into the SOE.
December 28, 2015
Cate Blanchett carries an otherwise slow film
But still quite a good film could have been so much better with a more realistic theme.
½ November 28, 2015
Not a bad war movie/love story thriller about a woman who is so enamored with a soldier she falls in love with during the war, and when he's captured, becomes a spy to not only help France, but to also look for her soldier love! Sort of crazy yes, but it's remarkably calm. Blanchett and Crudup are fine, but Michael Gambon, as usual, steals the show.
½ October 24, 2015
The story is good, the pace is slower than molasses in June at the beginning, but then it picks up a little. I'm a HUGE Cate Blanchett fan, but this movie takes a while to get into. I've seen better WWII dramas, but it's always fascinating to me seeing the 'other side' of the war: the Resistance. Intense at times. About 20-30 mins too long, but overall, it was just OK. Sloppy ending...you don't know for sure what happened to the kids (although one can presume they didn't survive the war), the old man or the lady they took at the beginning.
July 23, 2015
Always interesting to watch, Cate Blanchett does her best here, and it's set up as a spy adventure romance.
Solid acting, decent script, and incredible locations with an evenly set intensity create a good film set during WWII.
But, it's undone by some things that make it appealing:
-beautiful cinematography makes it seem glossy and almost dreamlike,
-filmed entirely in English with few accents makes it a bit emotionally hollow,
-the strong dramatic performances are well pitched yet come across as slick here, and
-despite the underpinnings of wartime intensity this is light and bloodless for a war movie.
It could have been marketed as a tween romance and maybe rivaled the later vapid vampire craze, but I need to emphasize the acting is superb here, yet tainted by some of its other elements.
Worth a look.

3 out of 5
½ June 24, 2015
I found some of the characters less than believable, but not sure why!
½ June 3, 2015
Slows to a grind despite Blanchett's best efforts.
January 31, 2015
A disappointing film in which most of the characters display a tendency to selfishness. The boy demands jam when there is none. Julien wants his communist ideals put first. Her handler is clearly in it for himself - unapoligetically. Dominique is in France for her own agenda - a bizarre and implausible idea to track down her one-night stand RAF boyfriend lost, presumed dead, whilst on a mission. This she abandons after the war in favour of her true love, Julien.
A plot that often lacks credibility, not to mention much action.
½ January 20, 2015
Cate Blanchett salva a este film.
Cameron W. Johnson
Super Reviewer
½ September 20, 2014
"Je m'appelle Gray... Charlotte Gray." Actually, I don't know of any people from France being majorly involved in this film about French Resistance agents, because even the Euros that are funding it are coming in from Germany. Yeah, as if there weren't enough financial issues pertaining to the Euro already, this film bombed something fierce, although it did get a tiny bit of attention in Australia. The lead and director for this film are Australian women, so I guess this film is kind of empowering for Australian women, even though it doesn't have anything to do with Australia. Seriously, it's the story of a female Scot serving as an agent for the French Resistance, probably because Cate Blanchett wasn't ready to come home to Australia without one more accent challenge. Shoot, even when she went to New Zealand, she got some good money off of "The Lord of the Rings", but in Australia, long after she broke out, she still can't catch all that much of a break. In all fairness, the word of mouth must not have been great for this film's business, because even though I liked it better than plenty, even I have to admit that there are quite a few problems.

There are some hints of improbability in this film, and although they peak with the incorporation of a melodramatic romantic angle in the narrative, a number of things don't sell, especially with a sentimental atmosphere at their back, although they probably would be easier to buy into if they were more fleshed out. Plenty is undercooked in this relatively meek WWII Nazi drama which all but abandons disturbing imagery and forces in only a couple of tragedies, underplaying a sense of danger and consequence whose limitations render them unable to fully compensate for a shortage on immediate background and extensive gradual exposition that distances you a bit from the characters and their role in an uneven narrative. The film is split into several segments, which are not episodic, but feel like they are, due to the film's spending too much time with each individual layer, whose eventual replacement, if not dismissal, proves to be jarring. There's something a little excessive about the storytelling, which is too fatty around the edges to keep coherent, or even keep up a brisk pace, which is further retarded by a subdued directorial atmosphere that gets to be bland, though never really dull. The big complaint is about how boring this film is, but I was never really bored, very there is plenty of dialogue and stuff going on, and it's all backed with some sense of urgency, yet the momentum remains defused by the film's unevenly meandering along a path that, on top of everything, is predictable. This film has the potential to be fresh, but as a WWII drama of its type, it's seriously generic, failing to do anything new or substantially interesting, even when it forces in certain other, theatrical tropes, and also failing to generate enough spark to make the final product all that compelling. The film fails to truly resonate, but there are compelling elements, which aren not necessarily plentiful, yet are decisive, with fair dramatic value and production value.

Art director Su Whitaker doesn't really do anything especially unique or sweeping with her restoration of 1940s London and Vichy France, but her crafting of this period drama's distinct setting is convincing enough to be immersive, and goes polished by Dion Beebe's often flat, and just as often glamorous cinematography. Even the artistic integrity of the film is a little undercooked, but style, reflected in the art direction, cinematography and, to an arguably lesser extent, score work, by Stephen Warbeck, is perhaps a little more consistent than the substance. With that said, there is plenty to commend in the substance, at least in concept, for although this story isn't anything particularly new or especially believable, with only so much depth and consequence as a French Resistance drama, subject matter regarding the agency of the French Resistance is pretty interesting, and a plot about a woman trying to keep from getting emotionally compromised on a mission within a war that is taking from her so much of what she loves. The telling of this fairly promising story obscures much of the depth because of its messiness, but for only so long, before dramatic significance is done some genuine justice by a well-intentioned directorial performance by Gillian Armstrong which ranges from atmospherically bland to tonally overblown, but rarely falls too limp with its pacing, and even more rarely loses a sense of dramatic inspiration. Whether or not Armstrong's inspiration is able to stand its ground against the misguidance of Jeremy Brock's script is an entirely different matter, for the final product fails to resonate enough to be all that compelling, even with subject matter this weighty, yet there is a heart in this film that is consistently endearing, and if there is consistency to a sense of humanity, then it stands within the performances. Michael Gambon is charismatic in the usual manner, and Billy Crudup puts on a fairly convincing accent and presence as a Resistance member struggling to defend the integrity of his country and the safety of his family and friends, while the real standout in a cast full of talents is leading lady Cate Blanchett who is surprisingly gorgeous, and unsurprising effective, projecting enough strength to sell a woman who is willing to fight for the sake of the innocent, and gradually layering on raw human emotion and vulnerability in order to sell the woman's strife when her life and the lives of people she either has cared or is growing to care a great for go threatened. Blanchett isn't given much to work with, and her titular Charlotte Gray character is written too thinly to really enthrall, even if she is as fleshed out as any aspect in this undercooked drama, but Blanchett remains something of a powerhouse who drives much of the heart and soul of this misguided, but well-intentioned and often engaging opus.

Overall, the film isn't consistently believable, nor is it well-rounded in its exposition or even in its slightly segmented structure, although it does have enough fat around the edges and dryness in its atmosphere to fall into a number of slow spells along a path that is too generic to really intrigue, thus, the final product fails to resonate enough to stand a chance of transcending underwhelmingness, although it is well-intentioned, and conceptually worthy, done enough aesthetic justice by convincing art direction and handsome cinematography, and enough dramatic justice by highlights in direction and acting - whose effectiveness is most prominent within a beautiful and layered Cate Blanchett - to secure Gillian Armstrong's "Charlotte Gray" as an adequately engaging, rather lacking tribute to the women of the French Resistance during WWII.

2.5/5 - Fair
April 21, 2014
CHARLOTTE GRAY gives us an intense, action-packed film about a World War 2 heroine who risks her life to fight for her country. As she is fighting the bad guys, and overcoming the loss of her lover, Charlotte Gray risks everything to save those most important to her.
March 26, 2014
Cate Blanchett is why I want to see this movie
½ January 31, 2014
Cate Blanchett salva a este film.
½ July 24, 2013
Blanchett puts up a great performance every time and this is no exception... hahaa... i'm beginning to think that French guys are more "interesting" too. the best decisions she made were to visit France twice :)
July 16, 2013
War changes everything, told again and again. Blanchett performs admirably, and the costuming is excellent, but there wasn't enough of an engaging plot to keep this movie afloat.
April 15, 2013
Far from perfect, but beautifully acted.
December 7, 2012
Could be worth watching. Will find and devour with my eyes!
November 25, 2012
Good, but pretty forgettable.
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