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The White Countess Review

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4.5

Dave White Profile

… aimed directly at old people … Read full 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.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

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

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    I don't think it's too much of a stretch to say that this oasis of romance amid the turmoil of Shanghai represents the way that Merchant and Ivory, for 40 years, saw themselves: as a sanctuary of calming, life-size taste in a movie culture grown coarse. It was often far from perfect, but I'll miss that sanctuary.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    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.

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