The White Countess
The White Countess (2005)

James Ivory directed this historical drama of a man who has shut himself away from a world he cannot change. Todd Jackson (Ralph Fiennes) is an American expatriate living in Shanghai in the late '30s. While Jackson was once an American… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 16, 2006
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Consensus: High production values and fine performances get bogged down by a lifeless story that fails to engage the viewer.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's a pretty journey, even if it is far too talky and emotionally distant to really work.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

... The White Countess is so bloodless it all but cries for a transfusion.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

[Ivory] takes a tired, cliché-ridden, nostalgic screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro and layers on the ennui.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A tale well told, a look at history in the making and those being shaken in the process.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

The White Countess, although it has its share of Masterpiece Theatre moments, is another film to remind us just how cosmopolitan is the Merchant-Ivory filmography.

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Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Esteticamente impecável (como todas as produções Merchant Ivory), o filme falha do ponto de vista narrativo, revelando-se, como seus personagens, excessivamente frio e emocionalmente distante.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

A tedious, overblown bit of business.

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Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com

While a beautiful and moving film, The White Countess, sadly falls short of being a great one because it never allows us into the hearts of its primary protagonists.

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

James Ivory has cast Britain's acting aristocracy to play post-Revolution Russian aristocracy, which brings much gravitas and many subtle performance highs to this drawn out story set in 1936/7 Shanghai.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A blind American diplomat and a exiled Russian countess join forces to build a jazz nightclub in Shanghai in the period leading up to the Second Sino-Japanese… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The White Countess" is set in Shanghai in 1936. Todd Jackson(Ralph Fiennes) is a former American diplomat blinded in an… More
Morgan Salem
So there I was sittin on the couch scrolling through the guide when I see Ralph Fiennes. Automatically I hit record. I had barley any Idea wht this movie would… More
Mark K
The last collaboration between Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, the White Countess is far from perfect. However, like all their prior films, it has a standout… More
jay nixon
Great cast, dull execution
FanGirl Browncoat
I don't know why I heard so many good things about this movie. It was slow and extremely melodramatic. At the end I just felt like 'what was the… More