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The Governess Review

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

  • 3.0
    60

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Writer-director Sandra Goldbacher, a former BBC documentarian, fills the film with arid pauses, creating a claustrophobic study in ''repression.''

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The Governess is solidly entertaining material with enough substance to lift it above the traditional period drama.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Though not exactly dynamic, the movie offers insights into a specific culture. Ashley Rowe's photography is exquisite, and Driver has never been better. [14 Aug 1998]

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The claustrophobic, isolated Victorian household is a stage on which every nuance, however small, is noticed.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    The film, despite some over-obvious stretches, is mostly sad, lovely, moving, haunting. It's a striking and promising debut from a fine new filmmaker. [21 Aug 1998]

  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Sandra Goldbacher's gorgeous debut feature (shot by Ashley Rowe) stars Minnie Driver in a lovely performance as Rosina da Silva. [31 Jul 1998]

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