91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Wilkinson once again astonishes with his ability to convey weakness and strength, hypocrisy and gallantry, cruelty and compassion in the same male animal.
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
If there's pleasure to be derived from the misfortunes of others, then Julian Fellowes' wickedly entertaining adaptation of Nigel Balchin's nearly forgotten 1951 novel is a barrel of fun.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Watson and Everett, both superb, bring ferocity and feeling to their roles. But the one you won't forget is Wilkinson (In the Bedroom) in a towering performance of grace and grit that deserves to put him on Oscar's shortlist. Good show.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This morally ambiguous tale of dangerous liaisons and bewildering choices amounts to one of the year's most intriguing dramas.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The intricacies here are moral and ethical, and they're fascinating.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The story presents a moral morass involving betrayal, illicit sex, hypocrisy and a crime, yet the film feels tidy. Only one punch gets thrown, and you sense the perpetrator regrets his action immediately. It is all very British.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A neat, twisty little domestic drama about smart people, foolish choices.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
So gin-and-tonic dry, so deceptive in its deadpan-ness, that it's not always clear that Julian Fellowes is having fun. But he is.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Quietly unsettling.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Fellowes is so desperate for us to like these people that, despite how guilty everyone seems, there's scarcely any pleasure in the film for us.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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