The Duchess Synopsis
An woman rises to fame by staying true to her passions – and paid the price.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
It tells the amazing, but mostly true, story of a late-18th century aristocrat who made an indelible mark on English society akin to that...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
While I much liked The Duchess, this portrait feels unfinished.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's Knightley who makes The Duchess a royal treat.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Fiennes speaks with his body what the script cannot formulate about what it's like to be a man apart. The actor creates particulars of...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Princess Diana's antecedent, both genetically and figuratively, was a beautiful and glamorous duchess named Georgiana Spencer. Like her...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Keira Knightley is a terrific choice to play the 18th century socialite.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
At a certain point, The Duchess stops attending to the topiary and becomes a women's melodrama instead.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A rousing period drama with all the familiar trimmings: gorgeous costumes, palatial settings and romantic intrigue.
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60

NPR

By Bob Mondello
Director Saul Dibb, presumably knowing that this is pretty standard stuff for a costume epic, occupies us not just with the usual visuals...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Instead of scintillation, the movie gives us a succession of discrete set pieces, as if the action takes place in rooms but not in the...
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The Duchess

By Igotothemoviesalot
The Duchess is a fascinating look at the lifestyles of the rich and famous and royalty of late 18th century England. According to the movie, the duchess was the toast of England, influential in...

LOTS OF FLASH OVER MODERATE SUBSTANCE. GRADE: B-MINUS

By MOVIES REVIEWER
Last night, I attended the advance press screening of this sumptuous movie-adaptation of Amanda Foreman's biographical novel of the charismatic Duchess of Devonshire, Lady Georgiana Spencer Cavendish...

LOVED IIT

By singme
I loved this movie. The costuming, set decoration, visuals of the British countryside.......beautiful. It was very interesting, (this is based on a true story) how this Duchess of Devonshire's life...

Void of emotional content; lovely costumes

By 11RevereCt
Ms. Knightly in 18th century dress. Fiennes brother. Tale of uppity politically minded young wife. You should get a thoroughly transfixing drama. What you get is like putting a cheeseburger in a...

The Duchess

By hippydippygal
Great movie! Was surprised at how interesting it was and how it held my attention completely through the film...Kiera Knightly was supurb and am not a big period picture fan, but this was...

“THE DUCHESS” – DUKE-ING it out with Disinterested and Illicit Lovers =

By jimchudnow
= [Based on an advance preview] Here’s still another film “based” on a true story-- this about a distant 18th Century relative of Princess Diana (Spencer). KEIRA KNIGHTLEY marries a highly...

The Duchess

By cantaloupe
I was unable to see this film (Sunday, September 28) because my husband got sick at the last minute. I went down to the theater just prior to showtime and they were nice enough to refund my ticket...

Very Surprised How Interesting This was.

By ptaz
My husband wanted to see this so I went along. I was surprised how good it was. Not a blockbuster, but a good character study of a woman who was extremely intelligent and worked within the...

The Dutchess

By avnyc
Very good cinematography. The acting was good overall...

Pathetic!

By rlreeve
What a missed opportunity to tell the story of an intriguing and powerful woman! Instead of a balanced, well-rounded interesting picture, all we get is 2 hours of Ms. Knightly's collagen lips and...

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Rated PG-13 | For sexual content, brief nudity and thematic material
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Period drama delves into some heavy themes.
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