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Ladies in Lavender Reviews

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March 1, 2007
Smith is rather wasted...Perhaps if the actresses had exchanged roles, this pallid palette would have had more emotional color.
May 2, 2006
One wonders how much of their performances came from Dance's direction and how much came from the actresses themselves, but what counts is what is there on the screen, which is more than satisfactory.
September 19, 2005
Filled with wonderful music and magnificent, subtle acting. The story, however, goes nowhere at a glacial pace.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 12, 2005
Maggie Smith and Judi Dench are a great duo, but the film isn't so great.
August 9, 2005
Remaining locked in Ursula and Janet's fantasies, Ladies in Lavender evades complexity with monomania.
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July 28, 2005
Dance is so tentative and tasteful in his direction that he never draws out the underlying emotions beneath the polite exteriors.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
July 20, 2005
There's something irresistibly admirable about Dance's decision to make a film based on a short story by a long-out-of-favor writer like William J. Locke.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 15, 2005
...such a civilized and handsome film that we might be willing to forgive its lack of drama
Read More | Original Score: B
July 8, 2005
It's a British period piece, full of the sylvan Cornish coast and countryside, vintage motorcars, steam threshers and sensibilities. Pity they left out a compelling plot.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 2, 2005
A well-executed Masterpiece Theater leisurely-paced type of drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 1, 2005
There is nothing like a Dame. Ladies in Lavender boasts two: Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. And they're enough to make this cinematic tea cozy eminently watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 30, 2005
Dench and Smith are the sort of performers that students of fine acting are pleased to watch in anything, even if it's sweet-but-unsatisfying, unremarkable stuff like this.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 30, 2005
Dance sets up a charming premise and then slowly lets the air out of it over the course of 100 minutes, limping to a predictable and pat conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 27, 2005
Watching seasoned British actresses Judi Dench and Maggie Smith work together ... is visual and verbal poetry in motion.
| Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2005
It's sweet, but ultimately, unfulfilling and hollow.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 24, 2005
The movie recognizes that older women aren't exclusively cute, comical, feisty, eccentric or wise. They also can be petty, morose and sexual.
Read More | Original Score: '3/4'
June 10, 2005
The film does have Dench and Smith, which counts for a lot. And watching the two of them is at least moderately entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 10, 2005
The story slowly - way too slowly - descends into silly soap opera that robs the stars, especially Dench as a moony spinster, of their dignity.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 9, 2005
Embalmed in a thick oil of expansive inoffensiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 4, 2005
A fascinating and involving chamber piece for two superb actresses.
Read More | Original Score: B
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