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Ladies in Lavender Reviews

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 2, 2005
A wistful little thing about regret, jealousy and love.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
May 28, 2005
Brilliantly subtle performances of stunning skill and beauty. These women are anything but simple and their scope is as broad as the ocean outside their home.
Read More | Original Score: B+
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 28, 2005
Dance allows Dench to overact her lovestruck nervousness...By the time he stages a hay-baling montage, you'll have had enough of this close-but-no-cigar misfire.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
May 27, 2005
True dames Dench and Smith shine in this directorial debut.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 27, 2005
Under Dance's sure hand, and the even surer performances of Smith and Dench, who know that underplaying an emotion often increases its punch, the film is a small study in the dignity of letting go.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 27, 2005
A funny, civilized little romantic drama in which Smith co-stars with the equally estimable Judi Dench.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
May 27, 2005
As long as Dench or Smith is on the screen there's plenty to absorb one's interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 27, 2005
Dance has had the great good fortune to cast two legendary British actresses, and thus Ladies in Lavender gets elevated to the rare-treat category.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 27, 2005
Dench's performance is the main reason to see Ladies in Lavender.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
May 27, 2005
The film has magnificent performances and cinematography to match; moreover, it is quiet and it is civilized, desirable qualities that are rarely available on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
May 27, 2005
Pastel-light but highly pleasurable.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 27, 2005
Not even the skills of Dames Smith and Judi Dench can make this tea strong enough to swallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 26, 2005
An unusually vivid star vehicle and a genuinely enriching experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
May 26, 2005
The kind of Masterpiece Theater-type film that does its level best to bland us into a pleasant slumber.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 26, 2005
Thanks to great Dames Dench and Smith, and the hushed, softly humorous performance by Bruhl, it's a consistently entertaining, often subtly lovely drama.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 25, 2005
It takes work to make the two reigning 70-year-old Dames of stage and screen appear dull, and director Charles Dance proves depressingly capable of pulling off the trick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Appelo
Seattle Weekly
May 25, 2005
A rigorous test of cineaste sitzfleisch: to savor the Dames' deep acting, you have to endure a story that goes nowhere. You must suffer for this art.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 22, 2005
Not a great film, but the joy of watching Dench and Smith perform their charming duet for nearly two hours makes it worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 19, 2005
With a more compelling story, this could have been another one of those classic British dramas, instead, it's more like a movie to enjoy over an afternoon tea.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 19, 2005
...undone by half-formed plots and pale characterizations.
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