Jefferson in Paris

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  • Summary: While ambassador to France, Thomas Jefferon (Nolte) starts a relationship with slave Sally Hemmings (Newton).

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. 75
    Regardless, though it may be occasionally slow-moving and perhaps a half-hour too long, this film is put together with care and a mindfulness of quality.
  2. Jefferson in Paris is a rich confection indeed, filled with tidbits about fashion, customs, art, and commerce in 18th-century France and America. But like a meal consisting of nothing but petits-fours, this lavish biopic is too much dessert and not enough main course.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    This decorous look at the great man's five years as ambassador to France in the period leading up to the French Revolution touches upon much significant history, incident and emotion but, ironically, lacks the intrigue and drama of great fiction.
  4. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Amy Gamerman
    It's beautiful to watch, but it doesn't cover very much ground. Sumptuously appointed, meticulously detailed, the film sallies forth - and sags. [06 Apr 1995]
  5. Jefferson in Paris is dull, sluggish and unfocused.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    It's as if everyone was just a little too much in tasteful awe of its subject, who is played rather stolidly by Nick Nolte.
  7. 20
    Jefferson in Paris is nevertheless a disaster, intellectually infuriating and thoughtlessly racist.

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