My Cousin Rachel Reviews

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March 25, 2020
It's all so much melodrama wrapped in a mystery told through handwritten letters and askance looks across lavish feasts, and if you're into this sort of thing, My Cousin Rachel is much less stuffy than one would expect.
November 3, 2018
My Cousin Rachel really is prototypical claptrap. It's possessed of such a flat and minimal conceit that is so telegraphed, it's beyond satire.
August 23, 2018
While we are left scratching our heads as to whether Rachel is trying to kill Philip, it's more disappointing that she doesn't succeed.
August 21, 2018
The film becomes expectedly wooden and melodramatic.
December 19, 2017
It has good actors, truly lovely Cornwall landscapes and the appeal of a genteel parlor drama, but alas, it is a bit too dull and ultimately unknowable for its own good.
September 8, 2017
My Cousin Rachel is an incessantly shifting story of "Did she or didn't she?" Literary types like to call this ambiguity, but director Roger Michell, who also wrote the screenplay, doesn't quite have a handle on that device.
June 29, 2017
It's a real tug of war between what does and doesn't work and, unfortunately, My Cousin Rachel doesn't win.
June 27, 2017
The film looks pretty enough but the characterisations are so weak and the plotting so shallow and predictable - there is virtually no ambiguity in the film - you'll feel like hurling your popcorn at the screen every time Rachel tries looking wistful.
June 16, 2017
Did she? Didn't she? Much as I enjoyed My Cousin Rachel at times, by the end I was no longer sure that I particularly cared.
June 15, 2017
My Cousin Rachel often feels like a head-scratcher for all the wrong reasons.
June 12, 2017
Unfortunately, both the film and the chemistry generated between Weisz and Claflin feel about as smoldering and lustful as a tub of margarine.
June 10, 2017
Has all the necessary ingredients for a great Gothic potboiler, but writer-director Roger Michell rarely gets it above lukewarm.
June 9, 2017
My Cousin Rachel features terrific camera work from Mike Eley, and Michell certainly gets the tone and setting right. But the figures in the foreground seem to be competing against the cliffside scenery instead of occupying it.
June 9, 2017
If you're trying to pull a coherent message from the movie's web of tragedy, romance and human weakness, you may wind up scratching your head.
June 9, 2017
... achieves a modest tension through its unsettling atmosphere, although there's a general predictability to the story that undermines the mystery and can't be erased by a few jolting twists.
June 9, 2017
Michell proves adept at covering the scenic landscape, but the film is so chaste and minimalist as to remove ambiguity, nuance, and anything passing for interesting.
June 9, 2017
Where I should have been immersed in the darkly tinged mood of the story, I felt more like an observer to a film production process of making the film.
June 9, 2017
If you saw this on PBS, you'd consider it second-rate stuff and change the channel.
June 9, 2017
My Cousin Rachel withholds an extremely important bit of information until the last minute. And the denouement isn't set up in a way that can be believed. It's rushed, it's abject.
June 9, 2017
It's just a shame that this version, while gorgeous to look at, never quite manages to generate the momentum needed to involve the audience.
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