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The Portrait of a Lady Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    61

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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]

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

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

  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

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

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

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

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

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

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