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Based on 30 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Watson and Everett, both superb, bring ferocity and feeling to their roles. But the one you won't forget is Wilkinson (In the Bedroom) in a towering performance of grace and grit that deserves to put him on Oscar's shortlist. Good show. show more

  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Quietly unsettling. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    This morally ambiguous tale of dangerous liaisons and bewildering choices amounts to one of the year's most intriguing dramas. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The intricacies here are moral and ethical, and they're fascinating. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    So gin-and-tonic dry, so deceptive in its deadpan-ness, that it's not always clear that Julian Fellowes is having fun. But he is. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A neat, twisty little domestic drama about smart people, foolish choices. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The story presents a moral morass involving betrayal, illicit sex, hypocrisy and a crime, yet the film feels tidy. Only one punch gets thrown, and you sense the perpetrator regrets his action immediately. It is all very British. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    If there's pleasure to be derived from the misfortunes of others, then Julian Fellowes' wickedly entertaining adaptation of Nigel Balchin's nearly forgotten 1951 novel is a barrel of fun. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Separate Lies reminded me of Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors"... seemingly about the portioning of blame. It is actually about the burden of guilt, which some can carry so easily while for others, it is intolerable. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The writing isn't always up to the actors, who all give the kind of expert, theatrically ingenious performances that often seem director-proof. show more

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