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Based on 30 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Richardson -- acting with her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, who plays her aunt, and her aunt Lynn Redgrave, who plays her mother -- finds the story's grieving heart. Fiennes is her match in soulful artistry. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    This is Merchant-Ivory's kind of showmanship, the unflashy adult variety of movie magic that they made their hallmark. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The film takes a long time to unfold, and some scenes feel inert. But ultimately, the conclusion is moving and satisfying. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Any resemblance between this film and "Casablanca" is purely deliberate. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    In any case, the movie moves only when she's (Richardson) in the center of it, and her complex performance as a woman balancing her dignity with her survival instincts is one of the year's very best. show more

  • 70
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    The director has staged the elaborate production in his usual stately but impressive manner, and the production values boast the usual Merchant/Ivory stamp of quality. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's a very classy, finely made film, and, as one watches it -- particularly those last sweeping scenes of political turbulence and escape -- one feels both pain at their (Merchant-Ivory) parting and grateful for what, together, they achieved. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Fiennes and Richardson make this film work with the quiet strangeness of their performances; if they insist on their eccentricities, it's because they've paid them off and own them outright. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Its sumptuous, stately pace will wither the patience of countless moviegoers, but the impressively acted and gorgeously exotic The White Countess improves the longer you mull its complexities. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Following his triumphs in "The Constant Gardener" and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," Fiennes is superb as Todd. show more

  • August 29, 2011 tucsonjl
    Report This User

    I found nothing of any value, or interest, in this movie. I found Ralph Fiennes to be a source of irritation throughout the film.

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