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The White Countess Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 10, 2006
It's a pretty journey, even if it is far too talky and emotionally distant to really work.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 22, 2005
Where Shanghai should teem, it merely ambles.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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.
Cole Smithey
February 17, 2006
James Ivory would have done well to take his from "Casablanca" since that similarly themed film achieves everything that this film aspires to but ultimately fails at.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Peter Sobczynski
December 31, 2005
Fiennes and Richardson strike zero sparks together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brandon Fibbs
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/11
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 23, 2005
A tedious, poorly acted melodrama.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
January 18, 2006
Over-calculated and less than it should be but not without its charms.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2006
Esteticamente impecável (como todas as produções Merchant Ivory), o filme falha do ponto de vista narrativo, revelando-se, como seus personagens, excessivamente frio e emocionalmente distante.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 20, 2005
With its tentative pace, fussy, pieced-together structure and stuffy emotional climate, The White Countess never develops any narrative stamina.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 21, 2005
Pushed to deliver the cry of anguish that sort of material demands, Ivory can only manage a whimper.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 13, 2006
Sumptuous to look at, tastefully dull, and ultimately rather silly, it whisks us to a far-off land -- the Shanghai expatriate community on the eve of World War II -- and strands us among cooked-up characters and emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 3, 2006
A tedious, overblown bit of business.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 24, 2005
Fiennes' wearisome verbal affectation suggests an emulation of Franklyn Delano Roosevelt in a sound byte for Pathe' news.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 3, 2006
Another of Merchant/Ivory's blue-blooded exercises in dramatic waxworks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Angela Baldassarre
January 23, 2006
It is such as shame that the final Merchant-Ivory collaboration is the bloated but emotionally empty and aimless historical drama as "The White Countess."
Mary-Liz Shaw
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 28, 2006
Often leaves us unmoved.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 10, 2006
The symbolism of the situation -- a blind diplomat trying, and once again failing, to stage-manage international harmony -- seems like something from a socially conscious play of the 1930s.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
December 20, 2005
It throws them together early on but keeps their relationship at bay until the end -- when I, for one, was way past giving a kumquat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
December 23, 2005
...takes place in a dizzying time, but unfolds with an excruciating laboriousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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