The House of Mirth - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The House of Mirth Reviews

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Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 6, 2001
Davies breathes fresh air through the wax museum corridors of the costume drama by finding behind all that stiff-spined pomp and circumstance the most venal of impulses.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 6, 2001
This is very much Anderson's film.
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Sara Wildberger
Miami Herald
April 6, 2001
It has such an eerie contemporary resonance that you nearly forget about the horses and corsets and lamplight.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 16, 2001
Both literate and literary, it is serious without being humorless.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 12, 2001
Lovely to look at.
| Original Score: B+
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February 7, 2001
I can't recall another movie that cries out so incessantly for running commentary.
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Derek Elley
Variety
February 7, 2001
Plays more like Scenes From Edith Wharton's Novel than a dramatically involving adaptation.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 6, 2001
Davies attains a narrative purity of shocking intimacy and emotional force.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
February 2, 2001
A tale of the past that speaks directly to the present.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
February 1, 2001
Mr. Davies' stylish adaptation should certainly please Ms. Wharton's fans.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 26, 2001
A beautiful, elegantly tasteful film about the utter and complete devastation of a human being.
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Misha Berson
Seattle Times
January 19, 2001
A fine film that largely respects the literary classic it springs from -- and makes you want to read it, or re-read it.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 19, 2001
Anderson gives a tour de force as a woman who's at the end of her rope without knowing how she got there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 19, 2001
Anderson ... gives a performance as compelling and impressive as anything we've seen all year.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 19, 2001
Those who know Anderson only from TV's X-Files will find this performance a revelation.
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Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle
January 12, 2001
[Anderson's] performance is a study in the difference between hubris and pride, remarkable for how unshowy but profoundly devastating it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 10, 2001
There's so much unmitigated misery to contend with that the story nearly turns comical.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 25, 2000
The power of its story -- especially in the latter moments -- will leave many stunned and deeply affected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 22, 2000
Such an audacious and unexpected triumph as Anderson's enhances everything around it.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 22, 2000
The most bloodless and least involving film about turn-of-the-century society since Merchant-Ivory's The Bostonians.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 22, 2000
Anderson's Lily is the kind of heroine who earns our protectiveness by never begging for it; it's an astonishing performance.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 22, 2000
Anderson's talent has many notes, and I liked the presence she brought to Lily Bart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 22, 2000
Expresses the timeless impact of Lily Bart's plight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Sheila Norman-Culp
Associated Press
December 22, 2000
A grim tale well told.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 21, 2000
It's no fetishized lost world, but one that is fiercely, uncomfortably present.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
December 21, 2000
The miscast leads make this stately, BBC-ish adaptation ponderous instead of pointed.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
December 21, 2000
As Wharton and Davies show in The House of Mirth, whispers can be most violent.
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David D'Arcy
Film.com
December 21, 2000
Stick with the film, accept the rules of the time and the meditative rhythm of the language that Davies has woven into his story, and you won't be disappointed.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 8, 2000
Makes a much read American classic feel new and freshly devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
Perhaps a director more attuned to actors' performances would help, but Davies seems too preoccupied posing them to take notice.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Although set nearly a hundred years ago, it still sends a chill of recognition and dread.
| Original Score: 3.5/5