The Portrait of a Lady Synopsis
Marriage to domineering man saps 1800s woman's spirit. From the Henry James book.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
[A] bold and brilliant rendering of Henry James' masterpiece.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I think if you care for James, you must see it. It is not an adaptation but an interpretation.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
A fascinating portrait not only of a lady, but of the society and marriage that entrap, then attempt to destroy, her.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
In aiming for a new kind of lit-drama cool, Jane Campion freezes the warmth right out of Henry James' expansive heart.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Jane Campion makes a beeline for the repressed sexuality, and loses the nuance. [17 Jan 1997]
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Intelligent but exasperating, its monotonous tone will wear down even viewers who started out in its corner. [27 Dec 1996]
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Ms. Campion has shown a gift for pictorialism -- static pictorialism; she's not a fluid filmmaker - and an abiding fascination with sexual...
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
A harmeless concoction.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
The Portrait of a Lady is a huge disappointment. It's a deliberately arty, overly formal exercise in emotional terrorism.
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40

Empire

By Angie Errigo
Remote, murky and interminable.
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Rated PG-13