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The White Countess Reviews

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April 22, 2006
James Ivory has cast Britain's acting aristocracy to play post-Revolution Russian aristocracy, which brings much gravitas and many subtle performance highs to this drawn out story set in 1936/7 Shanghai.
April 19, 2006
It has an emotional payoff. It isn't much, but by Merchant-Ivory standards it is an orgasm of raw emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 22, 2006
A beautiful movie with an intriguing central theme and cast that is far easier to admire than to actually like.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 17, 2006
The White Countess is the last Merchant-Ivory and embodies most of the virtues of the brand ...
Read More | Original Score: 87/100
February 17, 2006
A worthy final collaboration from James Ivory and his late partner, Ismail Merchant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 11, 2006
By sheer willpower (and some of the best art direction of this year or any other), this is a fitting, poetic epitaph to the life and career of Ismail Merchant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 10, 2006
Merchant Ivory places its final, famous imprimatur on a worthy film.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
February 9, 2006
The final collaboration between Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, The White Countess, isn't their absolute best effort, but as swan songs go, it's still a sight more auspicious than the last-ever Simpson-Bruckheimer picture.
February 3, 2006
A tale well told, a look at history in the making and those being shaken in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 3, 2006
Poor Ralph Fiennes, who's so good at the unemotional-prick part that you're never really sure whether you want to see Jackson end up happy, or whether it might be more interesting, from a movie-snob perspective, to see what Fiennes might do with the miser
January 27, 2006
... The White Countess is gorgeous, consummately acted, emotionally rich, with a wealth of ideas.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 21, 2006
The White Countess may not be the best of the Merchant Ivory films ... but it boasts high production values, including fine acting all around and lovely cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Yiu-Fai Lai.
January 20, 2006
A rewarding close to the Merchant Ivory oeuvre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 19, 2006
So powerful is Fiennes that his performance carries the last act of an overlong film that is not as shapely as we've come to expect from Merchant and Ivory.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 13, 2006
The White Countess is never less than lovely to look at, and sometimes much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 13, 2006
This is Merchant-Ivory's kind of showmanship, the unflashy adult variety of movie magic that they made their hallmark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 13, 2006
The Merchant-Ivory team ended last year when producer Ismail Merchant died on May 25. The White Countess is a very fine way to sign off on their lineage of measured, literary, often past-bound films.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 13, 2006
Merchant and Ivory paint a large, brilliant, detailed canvas.
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