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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 100
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    The real wonder becomes how British filmmaker Sandra Goldbacher was able to write and direct such an accomplished, touching and original movie her first time out. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Though not exactly dynamic, the movie offers insights into a specific culture. Ashley Rowe's photography is exquisite, and Driver has never been better. [14 Aug 1998] show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Sandra Goldbacher's gorgeous debut feature (shot by Ashley Rowe) stars Minnie Driver in a lovely performance as Rosina da Silva. [31 Jul 1998] show more

  • 63
    Robert Dominguez New York Daily News

    Though Driver's offbeat beauty and Wilkinson's weathered visage make for an unlikely pairing, it works because their passion wells from something deeper than physical apperance. [31 Jul 1998] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The claustrophobic, isolated Victorian household is a stage on which every nuance, however small, is noticed. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The film, despite some over-obvious stretches, is mostly sad, lovely, moving, haunting. It's a striking and promising debut from a fine new filmmaker. [21 Aug 1998] show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Goldbacher's film is lovely to look at, but the blurry heart of the film only suffers by the comparison. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The Governess is solidly entertaining material with enough substance to lift it above the traditional period drama. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Once again, then, impeccable visual detail and uniformly strong performances combine to create a polished, if slightly airless, result. [14 Aug 1998] show more

  • 63
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Sandra Goldbacher, writing and directing her first feature, is a sure-handed filmmaker. The movie is a tableau of sensuality. show more

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