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Ladies in Lavender Reviews

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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
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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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 12, 2005
Ladies in Lavender assembles those two great Dames, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, and sends them off to play sisters sharing a cozy little cottage on the Cornwall coast. That is an inspiration. What they do there is a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 13, 2005
With the bell-jar atmosphere familiar to certain period pieces, it suggest we are not the only nation with tired, go-to genres.
| 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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 12, 2005
Weak tea served with stale biscuits.
| Original Score: 2/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
May 12, 2005
Judy Dench and Maggie Smith coddle a young buck...but is it worth seeing? Hmm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kent Turner
April 29, 2005
The opening slow-motion shots of the two women frolicking on a sunny beach might cause trepidation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 29, 2005
For all the film's good intentions, it never comes to a dramatic boil.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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
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
Piet Levy
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 24, 2005
It's sweet, but ultimately, unfulfilling and hollow.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 19, 2005
...undone by half-formed plots and pale characterizations.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
May 14, 2005
The painfully pedestrian script by director Charles Dance takes you exactly where you think it will.
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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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
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
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 18, 2005
This is a movie marked by major surprises: It's surprising that the first half is so perceptive, and equally surprising that the second part is so preposterous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Ng
Village Voice
April 26, 2005
While they never look bored, Smith and Dench are clearly slumming, having played these roles in other costume pics.
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