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Ladies in Lavender Reviews

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David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Smith is rather wasted...Perhaps if the actresses had exchanged roles, this pallid palette would have had more emotional color.
Boyd van Hoeij
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.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
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+
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
August 12, 2005
Maggie Smith and Judi Dench are a great duo, but the film isn't so great.
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 9, 2005
Remaining locked in Ursula and Janet's fantasies, Ladies in Lavender evades complexity with monomania.
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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 15, 2005
...such a civilized and handsome film that we might be willing to forgive its lack of drama
| Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 2, 2005
A well-executed Masterpiece Theater leisurely-paced type of drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
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-
Eric D. Snider
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-
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
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
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
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
Piet Levy
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 24, 2005
It's sweet, but ultimately, unfulfilling and hollow.
| Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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.
| Original Score: '3/4'
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 9, 2005
Embalmed in a thick oil of expansive inoffensiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 4, 2005
A fascinating and involving chamber piece for two superb actresses.
| Original Score: B
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