Mrs. Dalloway
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This adaptation of the novel by Virginia Woolf stars Vanessa Redgrave as Clarissa Dalloway, a woman in her mid-'50s living in London five years after the end of WWI. As Mrs. Dalloway prepares an elaborate dinner party at the home she shares with her husband, a prominent politician, she finds herself looking back on her life 30 years before, when as a young woman (played by (Natascha McElhone), she was in love with two different men -- the solid and safe Richard Dalloway (John Standing) and the exciting, free-spirited Peter Walsh (Michael Kitchen). Clarissa also recalls her close friendship… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"Director Marleen Gorris and screenwriter Eileen Atkins have done a remarkable job of suggesting the inner mental jumble Woolf strove to convey and constructing an exterior narrative of luminous beauty."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Vanessa Redgrave is such a majestic screen presence -- so luminous and wise -- that even the stilted "Mrs. Dalloway" is hard-pressed to dim her radiance."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Great story but stilted film."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Self-important piffle ..."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"The film never rises above the dull, comforting worthiness of a 'Masterpiece Theatre' production"
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"A highly romantic, deeply melancholy drama, the film offers psychological and existential insights about the inevitable effects - and price - of life choices."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"he film adaptation of ''Mrs. Dalloway'' is as elegantly wrought and reflective as the material allows (which is to say that in this case, a trip to the library makes for an invaluable part of the experience)."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Effective version of the book. Good double feature with The Hours."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Vividly conveys the message of Woolf's novel- despite social and psychological differences, we are all connected."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"[The] complex story structure is virtually impossible to reproduce on the screen. But thanks to Redgrave's dazzling turn and some other fine performances, Gorris and screenwriter Eileen Atkins come reasonably close."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The first act will be perplexing for those unfamiliar with the novel, but Redgrave's performance steers us through, and by the end we understand with complete, final clarity what the story was about."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The movie doesn't offer hash; it is well ordered, beautiful, and clear. But it does what movies do, not what Virginia Woolf does."
‑ David Denby, New York Magazine
"Inconsistent yet ultimately satisfying ..."
‑ Kevin Courrier, Boxoffice Magazine
"So caught up in being reserved and proper that [it] fails to show us any emotion at all."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Attempts to be moving, it left me cold."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
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