Charlotte Gray


Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    The radiant Blanchett makes Charlotte's individual journey from lovelorn lady to independent woman believable and involving, and that's ultimately what counts the most -- even if the destination is less than ideal.
  2. 50
    Those who do go with the fantasy are probably hopeless romantics.
  3. Not a movie, it's a museum catalog of gorgeously rendered portraits and landscapes. What a crashing disappointment.
  4. A frustratingly inert story, a bookend to last year's wooden ''Captain Corelli's Mandolin.''
  5. 50
    Armstrong is fortunate to have the luminous Blanchett, who, along with her equally fine supporting cast, helps compensate for what the film lacks.
  6. The story has inherent emotional power, but Jeremy Brock's formula-bound screenplay rarely soars beyond cliches.
  7. 50
    Blanchett, Crudup and Gambon stand above and somehow apart from the absurdities of the screenplay.
  8. 50
    Director Gillian Armstrong drains all the emotional energy out of the people who dot her movie's lovely landscape.
  9. It's ultimately just numb, a sober wartime romance roused only by Blanchett's intensity and Crudup's passionate swings between righteous anger and moral zeal. The rest is just tired melodrama.
  10. 50
    The narrative is unexpectedly sleepy, excepting the occasional flashy set piece.
  11. The setting and circumstances of the war overwhelm the personal story and diminish the dilemma of the title character's love life.
  12. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Rarely has a movie that looked so good on paper fallen so flat as the aptly named Charlotte Gray. It's not a bad movie. Bad movies have more flavor.
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A bland and dour screen version of Sebastian Faulks' highly engrossing bestseller.
  14. I never thought that a thoughtful director like Gillian Armstrong would get trapped in such Euro-nonsense, but I guess there's a first time for everything.
  15. Charlotte Gray, for all Blanchett's radiance and intelligence in the title role, is a bore.
  16. Undone by Blanchett's dull, wooden delivery. She's the pap that kills the pulp the rest of the film is bellowing out to be.
  17. Never rises above the level of a 1950s-era adolescent romance novel.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. lia
    Sep 9, 2006
    I Love it.