The Invisible Woman
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The Invisible Woman
Nelly (Felicity Jones), a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity. Dickens - famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success - falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens - a brilliant amateur actor - a man more emotionally coherent on the page or on stage, than in life. As Nelly becomes the focus of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The sheer warmth and liveliness of Fiennes's Dickens means he's impossible not to like."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"It's wonderfully cast ... and beautifully designed; a quiet pleasure."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The Invisible Woman is a beautiful picture with strong performances, but made unnecessarily convoluted."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"As if deliberately choosing to cast the most milquetoast actor he could find to be 'invisible', Jones is completely unable to register the fierce eroticism and longing that is needed for her character."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Quickflix
"The Invisible Woman is a satisfying romantic drama that explores a very complex relationship."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
"Fiennes and screenwriter Abi Morgan adapt Claire Tomalin's book with delicate grace, presenting love as blessing, curse and, perhaps, inevitable force."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"An air of complacency hangs over the project; its condemnation of Victorian sexism makes us congratulate ourselves for our more enlightened views."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"The Invisible Woman is so subtle and secretive that it sets a record as the most low-keyed of its usually feverish genre."
‑ Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot
"The pleasure and the drama come in watching for the real emotions peeking beneath the fancy costumes and flowery dialogue (by screenwriter Abi Morgan), all the more fierce because they must be repressed."
‑ Rob Thomas, Madison Movie
"Felicity Jones gives a strong depiction of repressed emotion. Up against Fiennes' Dickens -- all bonhomie, energy, mercurial self-consciousness -- she's a melancholy figure."
‑ Philippa Hawker, Sydney Morning Herald
"Why did this bright, vivacious, intellectually engaged girl willingly lock herself up in a wealthy man's seraglio? Put bluntly, what did she get out of it? In the end, "The Invisible Woman" remains a mystery."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Even if you don't entirely buy this version of events, director Ralph Fiennes has given us a speculation that works as drama. It's an elegant bit of goods."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The Invisible Woman is a fine-looking period piece and Fiennes has an eye for nuance as Dickens tries handling the public news of his private life in a world that has just discovered the thrill of newspaper gossip."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Solid, beautifully shot and acted, leisurely paced costume drama that can't hide ... that its central love affair is illicit. What I found fascinating was its depiction of just how an affair was run in such a situation - in those days, among such people."
‑ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
"The Invisible Woman , overall, is a film of intelligence and subtlety, and Jones's performance as Nelly reflects exactly those qualities - she brings Nelly, with all her complexities, doubts and conflicted loyalties, vividly to life."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
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