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Charulata Reviews

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Josh Larsen
March 28, 2015
...captures the tremors of real feeling that lie just below gilded surfaces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
August 29, 2014
An exquisitely traced drama of repressed desire, set in 1880 and shot in glowing, graphic black and white.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
August 29, 2014
Beneath the straightened 19th- century values and Mukherjee's deft, delicate performance lies a drama that's fit to burst with political and colonial discourse, class, proto-feminist values, music, poetry and, most of all, love. All life is here.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 29, 2014
Film masterpieces, like our heart's desire, shouldn't elude us forever; Charulata is an experience every movie-lover should share.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jake Wilson
Sydney Morning Herald
August 29, 2014
This sense of urgency is enhanced by the flexible, inventive visual style Ray uses to evoke mixed or shifting feelings.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
August 21, 2014
Extraordinarily vivid and fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Concannon
Little White Lies
August 21, 2014
Truly timeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
August 18, 2014
Deliberately paced and painfully sad, this may not be the ideal first-date movie but its subtle power will get under your skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
August 18, 2014
So little's openly stated, so much implied - as in Ray's own wistfully romantic score.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
December 13, 2013
Pure genius, via India's master film artist Satyajit Ray.
| Original Score: 5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 11, 2013
One of the greatest joys of watching Ray's best films is the way he uses the "simplicity" of his cinematic style to convey the deepest of human emotions and leave us with a sense that the world might someday become a better place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
September 9, 2013
Madhabi Mukherjee was already an accomplished actress, but Charulata made her a beloved star. It's easy to understand why.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
August 21, 2013
The reason Charulata is often talked about as one of Ray's best is that so much of the story is told through images alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
March 18, 2013
Ray recognizes the paradox that reformers are insulated from the people for whom they toil, but the movie is too stately and attenuated.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 24, 2007
You shouldn't miss this.
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Variety Staff
October 24, 2007
Possibly more relaxed and leisurely than most Satyajit Ray films, Charulata nevertheless has a graciousness and dignity which impart an added sincerity to the simple, yet thoroughly acceptable story.
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Tom Milne
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Certainly one of Ray's best films, with a superb music score of his own composition.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
November 14, 2005
Subtitles become irrelevant during these times since the real content comes from the juxtapositions, the body postures, the side glances, and the facial expressions
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Howard Thompson
New York Times
May 10, 2005
To put it baldly, as the Ray camera could never do, the picture is an artistic masterpiece, impeccably performed, but diluted in impact and power by a stately, inchworm pace that accentuates a plot as old and familiar as the hills.
Neel Chaudhuri
Senses of Cinema
May 22, 2004
What begins as a seemingly straightforward character study quickly develops into a scathing critique of the social hypocrisies of the Bengali Renaissance.
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