75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Dance's directorial debut isn't exciting, but it's deeply felt and engagingly acted. Why doesn't he take more advantage of the story's opportunities for fine music, though?
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75

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
The unspoken heroes of the project are cinematographer Peter Biziou, who finds all the beauty in Cornwall's landscapes, and U.S. violinist Joshua Bell, who extracts beauty without schmaltz from every violin solo.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A wistful little thing about regret, jealousy and love.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
It is to Dance's considerable credit that he never lets the filmmaking overtake the understated storytelling.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
His (Charles Dance) cinematic style mixes the scent of mothballs with that of the lavender in which these ladies are preserved.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
May be a slight film, but watching the Dames work in harmony in beautiful nuanced performances is a rich and fully satisfying reward.
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63

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
Doesn't stretch beyond the typical, period drama the Brits do so well. It is no more than a warm cup of tea on a chilly afternoon. The reward comes in seeing these two great actresses at work.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Ultimately, Dance is unable to connect the many threads of his rather flimsy script, leading to an abrupt and somewhat unsatisfying conclusion. But the journey is worth taking, thanks to the company of its stars.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Likably played by Bruhl, the castaway remains more dramatic device than living, breathing character. And without him truly being there, Dench and Smith are just volleying an imaginary ping-pong ball between them. That's not acting -- that's exercise.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The material obviously had to be stretched to fill the big screen for almost two hours.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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