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  • Summary: Based on D.H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover," this film tells the story of a passion that is both innocent and subversive - one that transcends, without ever ignoring, class and social conventions. (Kino International)
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. There's an adult life force in every frame of this luxuriously paced work, even in the sight of rain and a lady's stocking.
  2. The most frankly sensual movie in memory. Winner of five Cesars, the French Oscar, including best picture and best actress for its luminous star, Marina Hands, it has found the soul of the celebrated D.H. Lawrence novel.
  3. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    The result is not a movie of peekaboo titillation, but a studied, original portrait of sexuality and its role in human relationships.
  4. 80
    This is not so much a love story (and even less a story about love) than it is a movie of passionate loveliness.
  5. It captures the animal attraction we call lust and carefully tracks its evolution to true love. For all its faults, this beautifully shot, sexually graphic film is a gem.
  6. 75
    Being a fairly faithful adaptation, this version also has a lot of that other stuff about the hypocrisy of civilized life, the truthfulness of natural splendor and so forth.
  7. 50
    This might be pleasant to watch, in a floaty '70s-movie kind of way, if not for the film's groaning 168-minute length and abrupt thudder of an ending.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. AndyScala
    Jul 14, 2007
    To "Alexandra:" You and your boyfriend should save your time for more profound movies like "Transformers" or "Pirates of the Carribean 3." Hopefully the people on this site will ignore your assinine and imbecillic comments. Expand
  2. EdB.
    Jul 16, 2007
    Absolutely mesmerizing. We haven't stopped talking about it since seeing it yesterday afternoon. Great direction and a wonderful job by Marina Hands. Expand
  3. kevinb.
    Aug 16, 2007
    I've given a 10 as a default as - boo - I haven't actually watched the movie yet - it's on release in the UK on 24 August. I may downrate the film after the screening but am willing to suspend disbelief for the mo': I'm really looking forward to seeing it. Moving onto the ad hominem arguments in this thread, why can't contributors accept that their subjective judgements are, of course, legitimate but also carry little weight with others who have differing opinions? There's too much 'I just think', 'overrated', 'elitist', 'imbecilic' etc. And who do I think I am , yadayadaya. Enjoy! And if you didn't, chacun a son gout. (Elitist!) Expand
  4. jerryj
    Jul 25, 2007
    Hey Andy Scala, not only did I enjoy this film, but Transformers and Pirates as well. Wow, how elitist can you get.
  5. JayD
    Aug 4, 2007
    The problem with Alexandra's comments is not that she didn't like it, that is her prerogative, but that she felt she should warn other people not to see it. Make your comments about the film and appreciate that others are intelligent enough to make up their own mind as to whether to go to see it or not. Expand
  6. Michael
    Aug 7, 2007
    Andy Scala, there is only one s in asinine. Your typographical errors subvert the inherent elitism of your argument. I suggest you return to glorifying shallow postmodern art in the humanities departments or some other intellectual cul-de-sac produced by the Ivy League, while dismissing all other culture as inconsequential kitsch. Expand
  7. Alexandra
    Jul 4, 2007
    I cannot believe that this film received the acclaim that it did. I saw this movie at the Tribeca film festival, and my boyfriend and I walked out after about an hour because we were bored to tears. It was the slowest, most un-romantic movie I have ever seen...utterly devoid of the "passion" the critics speak of. The sex scenes were so awkward, the dialouge so sparse and boring that my boyfriend and I had to refrain from laughing. Please, do not see this movie, you would be wasting your precious time. Expand

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