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Based on 22 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The team of producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory and writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala drops the ball with this droopy, snail-paced prigs-in-wigs movie. show more

  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Jefferson in Paris is dull, sluggish and unfocused. show more

  • 50
    Wall Street Journal

    It's beautiful to watch, but it doesn't cover very much ground. Sumptuously appointed, meticulously detailed, the film sallies forth - and sags. [06 Apr 1995] show more

  • 75
    Allison Benedikt Chicago Tribune

    But, as with any other Merchant Ivory film, this one provides pleasures beyond the ordinary. [07 Apr 1995] show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Regardless, though it may be occasionally slow-moving and perhaps a half-hour too long, this film is put together with care and a mindfulness of quality. show more

  • 63
    TV Guide

    Jefferson in Paris is a rich confection indeed, filled with tidbits about fashion, customs, art, and commerce in 18th-century France and America. But like a meal consisting of nothing but petits-fours, this lavish biopic is too much dessert and not enough main course. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie tells no clear story and has no clear ideas. show more

  • 50
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    This movie would have had a chance of being interesting had it been about Sally Hemmings. show more

  • 50
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    But despite the vibrancy of its images and the exquisiteness of its craftsmanship, Jefferson in Paris doesn't often light a fire under its material. [07 Apr 1995] show more

  • 25
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Jefferson in Paris isn't merely wooden; it's concrete. Nor is it simply bad; the thing is astonishingly bad. Sure looks pretty though. [08 Apr 1995] show more

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