The White Countess Reviews

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.
January 20, 2006
A rewarding close to the Merchant Ivory oeuvre.
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.
January 14, 2006
Political intrigue, the thriving jazz-era nightclub scene and the breakdown of the class system within a city in turmoil should have yielded more engaging scenarios.
January 13, 2006
The White Countess is never less than lovely to look at, and sometimes much more.