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  • Summary: The dull lives of two elderly sisters on the coast of Cornwall are interrupted by a shipwrecked Polish sailor who rekindles old sibling rivalries, jealousies and unfulfilled dreams. (Roadside Attractions)
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. This is the most impressive directing debut by a "name" British actor in a long, long time.
  2. The film is a small study in the dignity of letting go.
  3. A wistful little thing about regret, jealousy and love.
  4. 70
    A poignant portrait of one woman who has loved and lost, and another who never had a love to lose.
  5. 63
    Doesn't stretch beyond the typical, period drama the Brits do so well. It is no more than a warm cup of tea on a chilly afternoon. The reward comes in seeing these two great actresses at work.
  6. 60
    Its appeal lies in the powerhouse performances delivered by Dench and Smith.
  7. 30
    Ladies in Lavender oscillates between scenes so relentlessly nice they make you want to scream and others - particularly those depicting the crush Dench develops on her new housemate - creepier than anything in "The Amityville Horror."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 1, 2012
    Great performances of both the two "Grandes Dames" of acting, Maggie Smith and Dame Judi Dench, and German newcomer Daniel Brühl and Star-Trek-star David Warner. A musical drama film with great emotions and music, some lacks in story but outstanding performances of the actors. Expand

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