Columbia Pictures | Release Date: December 19, 2003 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Mixed or average reviews based on 40 Critics
Positive:
9
Mixed:
26
Negative:
5
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The fight against traditionalism has long been won, so the movie’s indignation feels superfluous, but Mike Newell’s direction is solid, the period décor and costumes are a sombre riot of chintz and pleated skirts, and the movie has an air of measured craft and intelligence. [22 & 29 December 2003, p. 166]
30
The performances, under Mike Newell's direction, range from conventional (Ms. Roberts) to dreadful, and the script is as shallow as an old Cosmo cover story.