Enchanted April
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Previously filmed in 1935 with Ann Harding, Enchanted April, a romantic novel by Elizabeth, was remade in 1992. The first film skips along superficially at 66 minutes: the second, directed by the always intriguing Mike Newell, runs 101 minutes, allowing for richer characterizations and a bottomless reserve of brilliant dialogue. Two cloistered, married English women (Josie Lawrence, Miranda Richardson) impulsively rent an Italian villa and embark upon a vacation without their spouses. They are joined by two other ladies: the high-flown aging widow Joan Plowright, and elegant upper-crust beauty… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In a raucous movie summer, this is a film for those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine, and a recollection of a time when women and movies could be purveyors of enchantment."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"The ladies are well bred, the scenery is lovely and the dialogue is polished and polite. It helps that the same villa in Portofino where Miss von Armin wrote the novel has been used to fine effect as the film's principal setting."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The whole thing seems like it was dreamed up during a sleepy afternoon by the Italian seaside, and is guaranteed to put viewers into a similarly soporific state."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It reminded me of the introspective but otherwise soft-hitting stories that my mother reads in her monthly book club. It's a rich film, but not the kind of rich that I like."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Like April weather most places north of the Mediterranean, this one is lukewarm, at best."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Strong cast's reliable playing is undercut by a script that dawdles over well-trod territory."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Is it fair to ask why usually sophisticated Americans turn to mush over this particular variety of moribund ersatz art?"
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"An undeniably pretty but ultimately vacant period drama."
‑ , Film4
"Thematically, Mike Newell's film is similar to A Room With a View, focusing on the liberating impact of an Italian vacation on repressed, downtrodden Brit femmes, well acted by Joan Plowright, Miranda Richardson and Polly Walker."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"... behind that precious romanticism is a genuine commitment to this emotional renewal."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Personalities clash but are cheerfully reconciled, and marital tensions are swiftly resolved."
‑ , Time Out
"Personalities clash but are cheerfully reconciled, and marital tensions are swiftly resolved."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Elegant period film explores deep emotions."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"One can't help but start planning a vacation immediately after the film ends"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Exquisite -- it will bloom inside you the way Italy blooms inside the characters."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
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