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  • Summary: While ambassador to France, Thomas Jefferon (Nolte) starts a relationship with slave Sally Hemmings (Newton).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. But, as with any other Merchant Ivory film, this one provides pleasures beyond the ordinary. [07 Apr 1995]
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    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. Slow, beautifully filmed, Nolte's Jefferson implausible.
  5. Bereft of any flesh-and-blood honesty, the last half of the movie plays like a ludicrous PBS version of "Mandingo."
  6. 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]
  7. Reviewed by: Eve Zibart
    Jefferson in Paris is nevertheless a disaster, intellectually infuriating and thoughtlessly racist.

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