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Based on 21 Reviews
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  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Emily Watson is ravishingly good -- and brings an amazing focus and intensity to what could have been a disease-of-the-week picture. show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It is a triumph, and one of 1998's few "don't miss" motion pictures. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie makes no attempt to soften the material or make it comforting through the cliches of melodrama. show more

  • 75
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    Gripping in purely cinematic terms as an imaginatively told tale of sibling rivalry and the pressures of great expectations. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The wildly ambitious but flawed biographical film about the English cellist Jacqueline du Pré. show more

  • 25
    San Francisco Examiner

    You may have surmised that Americans have held the copyright on turning out awful movies about serious musicians (especially musicians with physical or mental afflictions), but along comes the high-gloss weepie. show more

  • 80
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    First-time feature director Tucker displays an astonishingly assured touch, allowing his phenomenal cast to creep into their characters' skins and surrounding them with images of shimmering and slightly threatening beauty. show more

  • 67
    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    For all its knock-'em-dead acting and aggressively stylish direction, Hilary and Jackie is still best described as arthouse comfort food. show more

  • 91
    Entertainment Weekly

    Neither the stars' harmonious interplay nor director Anand Tucker's insistent urbanity of camera work can disguise that the cello drama is melodrama. show more

  • 100
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    One of the most insightful and wrenching portraits of the joys and tribulations of being a classical musician ever filmed. show more

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