Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
Watch On
  1. 60
    Fellowes's larger goal seems to be making sympathetic characters of Anne and Bule, who for all their lovey-doveyness never emerge as much more than rich twits à la "The Great Gatsby."
  2. The movie is so busy constructing its labyrinthine plot that it often forgets to plumb the souls of its characters.
  3. 60
    Fellowes has brought intelligence and control to the eternally vexing question of whether the right thing is always the good thing.
  4. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    60
    Quality acting and writing and appropriately understated direction, but a touch too polite for its own good.
  5. 50
    A soufflé that begins promisingly but never quite rises.
  6. To watch the film is to marvel at the cast's virtuosity at fleshing out the shallowest people in England, and the observable intelligence and talent of all those involved doesn't make Separate Lies any more compelling, or its characters more resonant.
  7. 50
    Fellowes is so desperate for us to like these people that, despite how guilty everyone seems, there's scarcely any pleasure in the film for us.
  8. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    50
    When all is said and done, you'll likely find you have nowhere to place your sympathy, no character worth rooting for.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. StephaneM.
    May 29, 2007
    10
    For someone who likes to see life as shades of grey, and apreciate seing extremely polite people with impossible choices, it is the most For someone who likes to see life as shades of grey, and apreciate seing extremely polite people with impossible choices, it is the most beautiful movie that I ever saw. Full Review »
  2. BerryJ.
    Apr 16, 2006
    9
    Worth seeing for the classy English village and room settings alone, but throw in an interesting rupture in the lives of a small group of Worth seeing for the classy English village and room settings alone, but throw in an interesting rupture in the lives of a small group of people and I think this is near cinematic perfection. Full Review »
  3. RhettW.
    Dec 28, 2005
    7
    Very subtle stuff. It was not totally satisfying.