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Ladies in Lavender Reviews

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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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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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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 2, 2005
A wistful little thing about regret, jealousy and love.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
May 27, 2005
Pastel-light but highly pleasurable.
| 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
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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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
May 13, 2005
There are two royal reasons to see the film -- Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith, both over 70 and still very much in their prime.
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
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
May 13, 2005
Just formula entertainment, classy but still trite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
May 13, 2005
As compelling and original as this theme is, it's not enough to keep our attention, no matter how lovely the ladies in lavender are.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 12, 2005
A film of graceful persuasion and quiet majesty.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 12, 2005
A sweet little character sketch that is low on drama but high on charm.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 11, 2005
The two thespian lovelies would enchant just reading the phone book.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 29, 2005
It's a conventional picture, but it feels so deeply alive that it's practically a novelty.
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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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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 29, 2005
Ultimately, Dance is unable to connect the many threads of his rather flimsy script, leading to an abrupt and somewhat unsatisfying conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 28, 2005
A pleasure from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 28, 2005
Ladies in Lavender offers the opportunity to watch two beloved dames of the British Empire rattle around a house in Cornwall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 28, 2005
Ladies in Lavender oscillates between scenes so relentlessly nice they make you want to scream and others -- particularly those depicting the crush Dench develops on her new housemate -- creepier than anything in The Amityville Horror.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 28, 2005
Smith is at her jauntiest, but it's Dench who catches you by surprise because she's rarely been given a character so emotionally vulnerable and delicately yearning.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 27, 2005
Ladies in Lavender, carefully written and superbly directed by the actor Charles Dance, is a film of unusual elegance and artistry.
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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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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 17, 2005
It is no more than a warm cup of tea on a chilly afternoon. The reward comes in seeing these two great actresses at work.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
February 17, 2005
Full of delightful moments that throw into high relief the actors' craft.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 21, 2004
There is nothing like a couple of dames -- especially when the ladies in question happen to be the divine Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith.