The House of Mirth
The House of Mirth (2000)

Adapted from the Edith Wharton novel, the story is a sustained snarl of rage at a world where women are overwhelmingly dependent on men for their livelihoods and in which one malicious whisper can destroy a life. Lily Bart is a ravishing… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 29, 2001
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81%
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72%


Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite being a period piece, The House of Mirth's depiction of social cruelty still feels chilling and relevant for today.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Davies breathes fresh air through the wax museum corridors of the costume drama by finding behind all that stiff-spined pomp and circumstance the most venal of impulses.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Both literate and literary, it is serious without being humorless.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

A very worthwhile adaptation of Wharton's novel.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

This is very much Anderson's film.

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lovely to look at.

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Everything about the film feels ornate but funereal, like an airless luxury suite on the last night of an affair.

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Sara Wildberger
Miami Herald

It has such an eerie contemporary resonance that you nearly forget about the horses and corsets and lamplight.

Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Meticulously made with graceful style, Terence Davies' adaptation of Wharton is superior to Scorsese's Age of Innocence, the author's other famous novel.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Besides his remarkable ability to render a profound sense of past in all his films, Davies can uncannily map out the emotions of his characters via his mise-en-scene.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
"I have tried. I have tried hard -- but life is difficult, and I am a very useless person." Great line. A little close to the bone, but great.
Jennifer Xu
Gillian Anderson is a perfect Lily Bart, because we realize that though the narrative is ostensibly centered on her, her blandness really lets the supporting… More
jay nixon
Good and beautiful to look at but so depressing!
Randy Tippy
Starts off like a pretentious period piece but boy does it get meaty and substantial in a hurry. Turn of the century upper-crust, white society with a healthy… More
Stella Dallas
it's a bit stiff in the execution and the bulk of it's power derives from wharton's novel: a woman of independent ideas is crushed by the 19th… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=sienna]"The House of Mirth" is an adapation of the Edith Wharton novel about Lily Bart(Gillian Anderson) who is walking a… More