The House of Mirth
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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 socialite at the height of her success who quickly discovers the precariousness of her position when her beauty and charm start attracting unwelcome interest and jealousy. Torn between her heart and her head, Lily always seems to do the right thing at the wrong time. She seeks a wealthy husband and in trying to conform to social expectations, she misses her… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Both literate and literary, it is serious without being humorless."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"A very worthwhile adaptation of Wharton's novel."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Ultimately, each passing minute equates to another cruel twist of the knife, and the audience cannot help but be riveted."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"The truth is out there. And the truth is that The X-Files's Gillian Anderson is badly miscast as Lily Bart."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"This is very much Anderson's film."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Lovely to look at."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Everything about the film feels ornate but funereal, like an airless luxury suite on the last night of an affair."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"It's a work of great artistry and integrity..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Gillian Anderson da muestras inusitadas de una versatilidad que seguramente le traerá buenos dividendos en el futuro"
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
"It has such an eerie contemporary resonance that you nearly forget about the horses and corsets and lamplight."
‑ Sara Wildberger, Miami Herald
"Meticulously made with graceful style, Terence Davies' adaptation of Wharton is superior to Scorsese's Age of Innocence, the author's other famous novel."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"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."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Lily is played by a lustrous Gillian Anderson, who is quite good at keeping a lovely, impenetrable mask in place as Lily moves through her rounds of parties, opening night galas and dinners."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Far better than most swill heading for shelter under comparisons to Merchant-Ivory or Masterpiece Theatre."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
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