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[A] bold and brilliant rendering of Henry James' masterpiece. Read full review
I think if you care for James, you must see it. It is not an adaptation but an interpretation. Read full review
A fascinating portrait not only of a lady, but of the society and marriage that entrap, then attempt to destroy, her. Read full review
In aiming for a new kind of lit-drama cool, Jane Campion freezes the warmth right out of Henry James' expansive heart. Read full review
Jane Campion makes a beeline for the repressed sexuality, and loses the nuance. [17 Jan 1997] Read full review
Intelligent but exasperating, its monotonous tone will wear down even viewers who started out in its corner. [27 Dec 1996] Read full review
Ms. Campion has shown a gift for pictorialism -- static pictorialism; she's not a fluid filmmaker - and an abiding fascination with sexual repression. She brings both to this long, slow, distanced version of the Henry James novel. [27 Dec 1996] Read full review
A harmeless concoction. Read full review
The Portrait of a Lady is a huge disappointment. It's a deliberately arty, overly formal exercise in emotional terrorism. Read full review
Remote, murky and interminable. Read full review
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