Photographing Fairies
Photographing Fairies (1998)

Featuring neat special effects, this romantic fantasy is loosely based on the story of the Cottingley Fairies, a tale of two cousins who, in 1917, swore that they had photographed the magical wee folk dancing in their garden. The story the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 17, 1998
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Elley

Marred by an uninvolving, foggy script that aims to tackle other issues, including postwar loss of faith and hope, and by some eccentric characterizations, notably by Ben Kingsley.

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John Ferguson
Radio Times

It's imaginatively shot and features some nifty special effects.

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Brian Mckay

An interesting, if overdrawn, exploration of turn of the century spiritualism.

Derek Adams
Time Out

A fresh, rewarding film, intelligent and very beautiful.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A quiet, stately little film, with a handful of brilliant sequences, an intriguing premise and solid performances all down the line.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Those who consider themselves to be seekers of the truth, unafraid of trying new methods to reach the truth, should find this film intriguing.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

First-time director Nick Willing can't seem to figure out what to do upon finally reaching fairyland, and thus Ben Kingsley's sketchy character arbitrarily mutates into an ill-motivated antagonist.

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It's intelligently directed by Willing (who virtually commands the audience to think about the spiritual and philosophical issues being raised), but it's carried by Stephens who manages to suggest someone emotionally stunted yet massively passionate.

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Deborah Brown
Empire Magazine

A fresh, profound film with excellent performances and beautiful visuals.

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