The White Countess Reviews

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March 13, 2018
Ishiguro is a wonderful novelist, but perhaps not a natural-born screenwriter. The White Countess feels schematic and dramatically inert. Ivory, for all the acting talent at his disposal, finds plenty of style in prewar Shanghai, but its pulse eludes him.
February 10, 2006
It's a pretty journey, even if it is far too talky and emotionally distant to really work.
February 3, 2006
A tale well told, a look at history in the making and those being shaken in the process.
February 3, 2006
A tedious, overblown bit of business.
January 27, 2006
The White Countess, although it has its share of Masterpiece Theatre moments, is another film to remind us just how cosmopolitan is the Merchant-Ivory filmography.
January 20, 2006
Despite its brilliant evocation of this great city at this most provocative time in history, the movie just gets sillier and sillier.
October 7, 2018
The White Countess goes on so long I felt the urge to consult my calendar.
February 28, 2008
While a beautiful and moving film, The White Countess, sadly falls short of being a great one because it never allows us into the hearts of its primary protagonists.
March 1, 2007
[Ivory] takes a tired, cliché-ridden, nostalgic screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro and layers on the ennui.
August 16, 2006
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