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Based on 30 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The House of Mirth is not one of those teacup and doily movies; it's harsh and disturbing. Davies does superlatively right by Wharton. There's blood on the walls. show more

  • 100
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Chronicle

    Her (Anderson) performance is a study in the difference between hubris and pride, remarkable for how unshowy but profoundly devastating it is. show more

  • 88
    Staff [Not Credited] USA Today

    Terence Davies' deliberately paced, earnest adaptation of Edith Wharton's breakthrough novel quietly captures the grim complexities of New York's social world nearly a century ago. show more

  • 75
    Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer

    This is very much Anderson's film. The publication of the novel made Wharton's reputation. The release of The House of Mirth should do the same for Anderson. show more

  • 100
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The stop-the-presses news from The House of Mirth is the number of fine performances from people you never knew had it in them. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie will seem slow to some viewers, unless they are alert to the raging emotions, the cruel unfairness and the desperation that are masked by the measured and polite words of the characters. show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    There was little mirth or innocence in the world that Wharton was able to write her way out of (she was much happier living in Paris), and Davies and his leading lady lift the silks to reveal it as the minefield it was. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    What the movie occasionally lacks is dramatic juice. A reader of the novel will have a greater sense of the obstacles keeping Lily and Lawrence apart than fresh viewers of the movie will. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Wharton's old-school compassion and Davies's taste for artfully wrought melodrama make an unusual but ultimately successful combination. show more

  • 75
    Sara Wildberger Miami Herald

    While House of Mirth is well done as a period piece, it has such an eerie contemporary resonance that you nearly forget about the horses and corsets and lamplight. show more

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