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  • Summary: This intoxicating combination of wicked comedy and smart drama stars Annette Bening as Julia Lambert, a beautiful and beguiling actress in 1930's London. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Bening shines, and the film shines too.
  2. Bening makes the movie into something finer still.
  3. 75
    A pleasantly diverting period romp that Annette Bening turns into a wickedly funny tour de force.
  4. It is echt Maugham, in its somehow flattering cynicism, its character crinkles, its perceptions that sting even though they don't go very deep.
  5. Whether it's the clothing, cars or furniture, everything is sleek and chrome-plated. That is, with the exception of Bening's alchemical performance, which turns brass to gold.
  6. Like a palate-cleansing sherbet in place of an entre?. It's mildly flavorful going down, leaves us hungry for something more substantial and fades from memory the moment we've finished it.
  7. 50
    Bening's comic gifts make the most of Ronald Harwood's witty screenplay, though she falls flat in her character's rare moments of sincerity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. EgyC.
    Dec 15, 2006
    10
    That's one of the greatest films I've ever seen. Annette Bening is excellent and we can't forget that Szabo Istvan is anexceptional director. Expand
  2. MMiddle
    Aug 15, 2006
    2
    tedious, utterly implausible farce, irritating even as a period piece.

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