The White Countess Reviews

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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.
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.
April 1, 2006
February 24, 2006
Though [Merchant-Ivory] hadn't made a first-rate film since The Remains of the Day in 1993, there was always a chance they'd hit one last pitch out of the park. The White Countess, their final pairing, is just a bloop single.
February 23, 2006
One of the great partnerships in movies ends not with a bang or even a whimper, but with a stifled yawn.
February 22, 2006
A middling example of the sort of tony projects upon which [Merchant and Ivory] built their reputations.
February 22, 2006
A beautiful movie with an intriguing central theme and cast that is far easier to admire than to actually like.
February 17, 2006
A little judicious editing might have made it more effective.
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.
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