Separate Lies
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A damaged relationship is stretched to its desperate limits in this drama. Anne (Emily Watson) and James (Tom Wilkinson) are a seemingly happy and prosperous British couple who divide their time between a flat in London and a house in the country. However, their marriage is not as contented as one might imagine, and for years James has turned a blind eye to just how deeply unhappy Anne has become with him. Their lives together reach a crossroads when Anne meets the handsome and charming Bill Bule (Rupert Everett); Anne becomes deeply infatuated with him, which only reinforces her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What lies underneath doesn't surprise. But it's fascinating to watch that peeling as it happens."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"As a very British film about very British personalities, class differences and attitudes, it's just about perfect."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Wilkinson and Watson give sharply observed performances, that don't allow the film to become a sudser."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Separate Lies seems to take forever to unfold, and when it does, it makes one wonder if it was worth the trouble."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"This may seem like a bleak ride, but the performances are so compelling that it's impossible to look away."
‑ John Thomason, Orlando Weekly
"A chilly, intelligent and absorbing drama about infidelity, ethics and forgiveness."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"The deceptions of Separate Lies are so uniquely and recognizably human they become a cautionary warning to us all."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
""Separate Lies" is a hearty mystery/drama that blooms as a succinct social critique of British aristocracy."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"At the mercy of material so fussy that no amount of frenetically-chopped vegetables can lend the piece much in the way of tension."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Julian Fellowes turns out to be every bit as good a director as he is a writer."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It's as grown-up as a movie can get, with a fine cast in a strongly crafted tale about the calamities that can wreck a relationship and the love that can redeem it."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"The characters shift positions and explanations, presenting their 'separate lies' in a manner that ultimately adds up to an ugly truth."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"A fascinating character study of lies, truth and the consequences"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"...Fellowes, who won a much deserved Oscar for his screenplay for Gosford Park, makes a fine directing debut with this updated variation on a classic theme..."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"A solidly made but strangely lightweight drama."
‑ Jamie Woolley,
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