The Invisible Woman Reviews

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April 16, 2014
Felicity Jones gives a strong depiction of repressed emotion. Up against Fiennes' Dickens -- all bonhomie, energy, mercurial self-consciousness -- she's a melancholy figure.
February 7, 2014
Fiennes has neither disgraced, nor distinguished himself, with this solemn soap. He wants to tell Nelly's story but the real woman - and the man she spent 13 years of her life with - slips through his fingers.
February 6, 2014
This is an engrossing drama, with excellent performances and tremendous design by Maria Djurkovic.
February 6, 2014
Fiennes' abusive romance makes visible the hidden hypocrisies of the Victorian age.
February 4, 2014
The sheer warmth and liveliness of Fiennes's Dickens means he's impossible not to like.
January 24, 2014
Fiennes and screenwriter Abi Morgan adapt Claire Tomalin's book with delicate grace, presenting love as blessing, curse and, perhaps, inevitable force.
January 23, 2014
Why did this bright, vivacious, intellectually engaged girl willingly lock herself up in a wealthy man's seraglio? Put bluntly, what did she get out of it? In the end, "The Invisible Woman" remains a mystery.
January 23, 2014
It's wonderfully cast ... and beautifully designed; a quiet pleasure.
January 23, 2014
An air of complacency hangs over the project; its condemnation of Victorian sexism makes us congratulate ourselves for our more enlightened views.
January 23, 2014
Even if you don't entirely buy this version of events, director Ralph Fiennes has given us a speculation that works as drama. It's an elegant bit of goods.
January 23, 2014
A literary love story that's rooted in repression.
January 20, 2014
Fiennes, who's getting awfully good at directing himself and everybody around him, envisions Dickens as something of a rock star in 19th century London, a popular, glad-handing figure who can't step out in public without an adoring audience swarming.
January 17, 2014
Fiennes reveals just what a fiercely energetic force Dickens was. With her fulsome mouth and hazel eyes, Jones offers a convincing mix of youth and precocious awareness.
January 17, 2014
Shot with a stillness that serves to reinforce the restlessness in its characters' souls, The Invisible Woman offers a fascinating view of a young woman whose eagerness and energy are slowly compromised ...
January 17, 2014
While the whole thing is Victorian to the flower-patterned mantlepieces and oil-lamp lighting, this is a living, breathing portrait of people caught by familiar emotions and imprisoning social codes.
January 16, 2014
[A] compassionate, clear-eyed, beautifully conceived portrait ...
January 15, 2014
Ralph Fiennes, working from a screenplay by Abi Morgan, has brought this story to the screen in a film that will appeal greatly to Dickens enthusiasts and those who enjoy British costume dramas.
January 14, 2014
Ralph Fiennes does a marvelous job as Dickens and as the director of this film.
January 10, 2014
In some scenes, Fiennes is too free with the handheld camera. But he does make the movie all-aquiver, rich in feeling.
January 9, 2014
In the scenes of Dickens acting on stage or delivering a public reading, Fiennes' bravura transcends itself; it becomes something magnificently real, a sort of divine extroversion.
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