Ladies in Lavender
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Ladies in Lavender
Two sisters engage in a subtle war for the affections of a man half their age in this British comedy drama. It's 1936, and Janet Widdington (Maggie Smith) and her sister, Ursula (Judi Dench), are a pair of elderly spinsters who share a home in Cornwall on the coast of England. After a storm, the sisters discover that someone has been washed up on the beach in front of their house. Bringing the body inside, they discover the victim is a handsome Polish man named Andrea Marowski (Daniel Brühl) who has suffered a broken ankle and speaks no English, only Polish and German. As the sisters patch… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a British period piece, full of the sylvan Cornish coast and countryside, vintage motorcars, steam threshers and sensibilities. Pity they left out a compelling plot."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Under Dance's sure hand, and the even surer performances of Smith and Dench, who know that underplaying an emotion often increases its punch, the film is a small study in the dignity of letting go."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Smith is rather wasted...Perhaps if the actresses had exchanged roles, this pallid palette would have had more emotional color."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Maggie Smith and Judi Dench are a great duo, but the film isn't so great."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
"There's something irresistibly admirable about Dance's decision to make a film based on a short story by a long-out-of-favor writer like William J. Locke."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A fascinating and involving chamber piece for two superb actresses."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A funny, civilized little romantic drama in which Smith co-stars with the equally estimable Judi Dench."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"One wonders how much of their performances came from Dance's direction and how much came from the actresses themselves, but what counts is what is there on the screen, which is more than satisfactory."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, european-films.net
"Remaining locked in Ursula and Janet's fantasies, Ladies in Lavender evades complexity with monomania."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"...such a civilized and handsome film that we might be willing to forgive its lack of drama"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"A wistful little thing about regret, jealousy and love."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"As long as Dench or Smith is on the screen there's plenty to absorb one's interest."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"Filled with wonderful music and magnificent, subtle acting. The story, however, goes nowhere at a glacial pace."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Dance is so tentative and tasteful in his direction that he never draws out the underlying emotions beneath the polite exteriors."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A well-executed Masterpiece Theater leisurely-paced type of drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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