My Cousin Rachel Reviews

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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 22, 2017
It takes at least 15 minutes for Rachel Weisz to appear on screen, but when she does it is a quiet, contained event. Nonetheless, the effect of her face is a payoff akin to an explosion in an action movie.
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 16, 2017
There's a sense of simmering rage beneath its fetching surfaces -- the ire of a woman who's been taught that acting in her own self-interest is a subversive act, but who senses freedom so close at hand.
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 9, 2017
A gothic moodpiece masquerading as a thriller, My Cousin Rachel is a misdirected swoon of a movie-long on black-veiled romance and ravishing atmosphere and a little short, alas, on dividends.
June 9, 2017
moody, mind-bending
June 9, 2017
Du Maurier's novel was melodrama infused with the poisoned suspicions of male-female relations. Weisz does full justice to the tragic realism inside the contrivance.
June 9, 2017
[Weisz] accomplishes the near-impossible here: She humanizes a Gothic conceit and, in so doing, turns stage blood into real blood.
June 9, 2017
My Cousin Rachel is a fascinating hybrid. It uses clunky devices out of a 19th-century melodrama, but its subject is modern: mistakes of perception and of metaphor.
June 9, 2017
Michell's direction is both overstated and incoherent.
June 9, 2017
A delicious black-widow mystery, in which the deep-gazing actress Rachel Weisz rocks the veil.
June 9, 2017
Good mysteries are only worth solving if the set-up leaves you craving answers, and "My Cousin Rachel" doesn't beg to be unlocked. It's easy to leave behind.
June 8, 2017
The magnificence of Weisz's performance is that she is never hiding anything, beyond what a 19th century woman might conceal out of polite reserve. In her every moment on screen, she is an open book. We're just not seeing all her pages.
June 8, 2017
A casting masterstroke at the heart of My Cousin Rachel has transformed a wearisome idea into a gothic thriller with dreamy Hitchcockian undertones and regular emotional wallops.
June 8, 2017
Ms. Weisz consistently pushes the movie deeper, but all too often, the story returns to Philip so that he can fret, swig from a bottle and nurture his paranoia.
June 8, 2017
An elegant, sumptuous and subtle adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier novel.
June 8, 2017
My Cousin Rachel is a study in perception and perspective, a story that features a firm resolution while leaving its most compelling questions unanswered.
June 8, 2017
Weisz's masterful, subtle work as unknowable Rachel is punctuated with ambiguity. Each time we think we have her figured out, Weisz subtly changes minds.
June 8, 2017
"My Cousin Rachel" is a pretty film, but it's not a necessary one; diverting, but ultimately a little bit dull.
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