The House of Mirth Synopsis
A socialite (Gillian Anderson) in the early 20th century searches for a husband.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The House of Mirth is not one of those teacup and doily movies; it's harsh and disturbing. Davies does superlatively right by Wharton. ...
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Wesley Morris
Her (Anderson) performance is a study in the difference between hubris and pride, remarkable for how unshowy but profoundly devastating it...
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100

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The stop-the-presses news from The House of Mirth is the number of fine performances from people you never knew had it in them.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This stunning movie -- one of the very best of the year -- makes a much read American classic feel new and freshly devastating.
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
There was little mirth or innocence in the world that Wharton was able to write her way out of (she was much happier living in Paris), and...
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88

USA Today

By Staff [Not Credited]
Terence Davies' deliberately paced, earnest adaptation of Edith Wharton's breakthrough novel quietly captures the grim complexities of New...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie will seem slow to some viewers, unless they are alert to the raging emotions, the cruel unfairness and the desperation that are...
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Wharton's old-school compassion and Davies's taste for artfully wrought melodrama make an unusual but ultimately successful combination.
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75

Chicago Tribune

What the movie occasionally lacks is dramatic juice. A reader of the novel will have a greater sense of the obstacles keeping Lily and...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
This is very much Anderson's film. The publication of the novel made Wharton's reputation. The release of The House of Mirth should do the...
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Rated PG | For Thematic Material
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ A very worthwhile adaptation of Wharton's novel.
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