The Duchess
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"The Duchess" is the story of an extraordinary woman who rose to fame by staying true to her passions in a world of protocol, gossip and social rules--and paid the price. Long before the concept existed, the Duchess of Devonshire, Georgiana Spencer, was the original "It Girl." Like her direct descendent Princess Diana, she was ravishing, glamorous and adored by an entire country. Determined to be a player in the wider affairs of the world, she proved that she could out-gamble, out-drink and outwit most of the aristocratic men who surrounded her. She helped usher in sweeping… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a wonderful film."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"It's disturbingly shallow, focused so tightly on one woman's feelings of repression and loneliness that it lacks any perspective on their causes."
‑ Tasha Robinson, Chicago Tribune
"The Duchess doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is: a comfortable, low-calorie morsel of historical drama."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"At its simplest, it's a gorgeous film with beautiful period costumes and intricate set designs. However, something tells me that's not the level director Saul Dibb wanted to achieve greatest on."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Deserves credit for playing things straight %u2013 complete with its moral quagmire and inherent sadness. The performances of Knightley, Fiennes and Atwell really make it work."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"There's something really special about Kiera Knightly in these period pieces."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"The Duchess is clearly Knightley's movie, ultimately rising or falling on her performance. She's up to the task, capturing both the charm and grace that made Georgiana so captivating."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"a refreshing look at British royalty, and it will curb your want to be part of that era, age and societal level"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Knightley and Cooper don't ever generate much in the way of chemistry."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"...plays like a Masterpiece Theater adaptation of an eighteen-century soap opera."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"It chronicles the saga of a vibrant and forward-thinking woman hampered by the constraints of a rigid society."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Fiennes, an actor who disappears into roles like ice in a teacup, makes the Duke a complex and almost sympathetic figure, a bulky, unappealing man whose interests are in all the wrong things."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Everything you'd expect it to be: a well-acted British period piece with lavish attention to period detail, about discontented characters in a royal family. And that's about it."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Willing to settle for all-around competency instead of excavating history for deeper insights, leaving audiences with another undemanding genre placeholder. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Hands Keira Knightley another plum leading role and serves as yet another example of how Ralph Fiennes' brooding brand of acting can be successfully employed for all manner of characters."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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