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Lady Chatterley Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… so thick with sex that it almost smells funny. Read full review

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  • 4.0

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  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    There's an adult life force in every frame of this luxuriously paced work, even in the sight of rain and a lady's stocking.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    The result is not a movie of peekaboo titillation, but a studied, original portrait of sexuality and its role in human relationships.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Lusty D.H. Lawrence adaptation for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this subtitled French drama -- which is about infidelity, how lust morphs into love, and why sex can be transformative -- isn't for kids. Though it's mostly sophisticated when it comes to tackling the subject of sex -- a tough feat considering there's so much of it in the movie -- some scenes are quite graphic (one shows a woman atop a man, both naked; another shows a man's genitals). And the sounds the lovers make during sex are even more explicit. And then there's the fact that the movie devolves into class struggles in a way that may be too complicated for younger viewers, anyway.

  • Families can talk about what differentiates lust from love. How do movies distinguish between the two, if they do at all? Do they sometimes seem to be one and the same? In this movie, does Lady Constance still love her husband? If so, why does she take a lover? Are her actions at all justified or explained?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Lady Constance and Parkin indulge in infidelity; later, she hints to her husband that she may try to get pregnant by another man. He doesn't protest, but merely airs his "conditions" (the man must be of "decent" stock, etc.). Constance lies about her whereabouts, and Lord Clifford speaks dismissively of the men who work for him in his family's mines.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Very little. There's a moment when one character tells her confidante about another character's brawl, but no actual fighting is seen on screen. Also, Sir Clifford and his pals discuss the gruesome business and casualties of war in an early scene.

  • sex false5

    Sex: A handful of scenes depict simulated intercourse, though in many of them the characters are still partially clothed. Only a few scenes show both characters fully naked from head to toe engaged in sex. Genitals -- male and female -- are shown in one scene; later, the lovers lie atop each other naked. In another scene, Constance and Parkin put flowers in each other's pubic region and run naked in the rain. Constance stands in front of a mirror naked from the waist up, then takes off the rest of her clothes.

  • language false0

    Language: Mild and flowery. Sexual conquest is prefaced by a fairly innocuous "Do you want to be with me?"

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some smoking (including close-ups of cigarettes being lit or offered in their cases). More tea-drinking than alcohol -- sex is the drug of choice here -- though wine is served at parties.