Hilary and Jackie Reviews

March 3, 2018
Told from both women's points of view, this fascinating, if sometimes overwrought, tale packs a wallop. Watson's bravura performance shows us the agony, the ecstasy and the ruthlessness of genius.
September 7, 2011
March 26, 2009
Eye-grabbing performances from Emily Watson and Rachel Griffiths, who portray celebrated British cellist Jacqueline Du Pre and her older sister, Hilary, distinguish this ambitious but flawed biography, the debut feature from Anand Tucker.
June 24, 2006
Watson's performance is virtuoso: passionate, sensitive, impressionable and sometimes grotesque; and she's well matched by the subtle Griffiths and vibrant Morrisey.
Top Critic
March 19, 2002
January 1, 2000
A superb biographical account of the tragic life of cellist Jacqueline Du Pre and of the complex relationship between her and her older sister!
January 1, 2000
The story is told in such a chopped-up way that it often seems pointless and certainly devoid of much-needed editing.
January 1, 2000
Watson is a mercurial presence with huge, nervous baby eyes, and when she cuts loose, an otherwise conventional film shudders with anxiety.
January 1, 2000
GUTSY, moving, provocative, intelligent and thoroughly grown-up, Hilary and Jackie is one of the best movies of the year.
January 1, 2000
A flawed but powerful Shine-esque tale of love, music, and madness!
January 1, 2000
The acting by Emily Watson and Rachel Griffiths, playing Jackie and Hilary, respectively, as adults, is first-rate.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
One of the most insightful and wrenching portraits of the joys and tribulations of being a classical musician ever filmed.
January 1, 2000
Profound and haunting!
January 1, 2000
"Hilary and Jackie" is either an incredibly complex movie or an incredibly confusing one. Since I can't seem to make up my mind which one it is, I guess I'll have to cast my vote for confusing.
January 1, 2000
An extraordinary film!
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
This is as rich and powerful a film as has been released in 1998!
December 30, 1998