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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)
Score distribution:
  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
    88
    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

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