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Based on 17 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    The Portrait of a Lady is a huge disappointment. It's a deliberately arty, overly formal exercise in emotional terrorism. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Intelligent but exasperating, its monotonous tone will wear down even viewers who started out in its corner. [27 Dec 1996] show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ms. Campion has shown a gift for pictorialism -- static pictorialism; she's not a fluid filmmaker - and an abiding fascination with sexual repression. She brings both to this long, slow, distanced version of the Henry James novel. [27 Dec 1996] show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    [A] bold and brilliant rendering of Henry James' masterpiece. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I think if you care for James, you must see it. It is not an adaptation but an interpretation. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    A fascinating portrait not only of a lady, but of the society and marriage that entrap, then attempt to destroy, her. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Jane Campion makes a beeline for the repressed sexuality, and loses the nuance. [17 Jan 1997] show more

  • 50
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    A harmeless concoction. show more

  • 40
    Angie Errigo Empire

    Remote, murky and interminable. show more

  • 67
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    In aiming for a new kind of lit-drama cool, Jane Campion freezes the warmth right out of Henry James' expansive heart. show more

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