The White Countess Synopsis
A blind diplomat befriends a refugee who works as a prostitute and taxi driver in 1930's Shanghai.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's a very classy, finely made film, and, as one watches it -- particularly those last sweeping scenes of political turbulence and escape...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
I don't think it's too much of a stretch to say that this oasis of romance amid the turmoil of Shanghai represents the way that Merchant...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Any resemblance between this film and "Casablanca" is purely deliberate.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This is Merchant-Ivory's kind of showmanship, the unflashy adult variety of movie magic that they made their hallmark.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Richardson -- acting with her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, who plays her aunt, and her aunt Lynn Redgrave, who plays her mother -- finds the...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The film takes a long time to unfold, and some scenes feel inert. But ultimately, the conclusion is moving and satisfying.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Fiennes and Richardson make this film work with the quiet strangeness of their performances; if they insist on their eccentricities, it's...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
The director has staged the elaborate production in his usual stately but impressive manner, and the production values boast the usual...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
In any case, the movie moves only when she's (Richardson) in the center of it, and her complex performance as a woman balancing her dignity...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A watchable disappointment. Sumptuous to look at, tastefully dull, and ultimately rather silly.
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Rated PG-13 | For some violent images and thematic elements