The Duchess
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A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.... (Full plot summary below)

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A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.

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Chicago Sun-Times - 9/10 by Roger Ebert This is not one of those delightful movies based on a Jane Austen novel. It is about hard realists, constrained in a stifling system and using whatever weapons they can command.
Charlotte Observer - 8/10 by Lawrence Toppman If you're fond of wigs, you may be in heaven. If you're more interested in Whigs, you may wish the movie had dug deeper under the lovely powdered surface of Lady Georgiana Spencer.
San Francisco Chronicle - 8/10 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 of her direct descendant, Lady Diana.
Philadelphia Inquirer - 8/10 by Carrie Rickey While I much liked The Duchess, this portrait feels unfinished.
USA Today - 8/10 by Claudia Puig Princess Diana's antecedent, both genetically and figuratively, was a beautiful and glamorous duchess named Georgiana Spencer. Like her descendant, her charm and vivacity captivated England.
Rolling Stone - 8/10 by Peter Travers It's Knightley who makes The Duchess a royal treat.
Entertainment Weekly - 8/10 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 time, space, class, and personality with one crook of a finger, one twist of a wrist. I call that nobility of craft; he's the actors' prince.
Chicago Reader - 8/10 by J.R. Jones This is scandal-mongering fun that also lays bare the deforming power of the male aristocracy.
New York Magazine (Vulture) - 8/10 by David Edelstein An uncommonly well-crafted historical feminist tearjerker--both anti-patriarchal and a monument to motherhood.
Los Angeles Times - 8/10 by Kenneth Turan Even surrounded by all this quality work, Ralph Fiennes, who plays William Cavendish, the fifth duke of Devonshire, the most powerful man in England next to the king, walks off with the picture.
Time - 8/10 by Richard Schickel The players are uniformly good, but a special word must be said for Fiennes, whose portrayal of physical awkwardness and painful taciturnity never begs either for laughs or for sympathy.
The A.V. Club - 8/10 by Noel Murray Thoroughly populist and middlebrow, full of all the high wigs, thick powder, perfect diction, and straightforward dialogue that define bodice-ripping prestige pictures about silently suffering souls.

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