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Ladies in Lavender Reviews

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
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
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-
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
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
Top Critic
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 4, 2005
A fascinating and involving chamber piece for two superb actresses.
| Original Score: B

Baltimore Sun
June 3, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 2, 2005
A wistful little thing about regret, jealousy and love.
| 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.
| Original Score: B+
Angela Baldassarre
May 27, 2005
True dames Dench and Smith shine in this directorial debut.
Top Critic
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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