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This film is the second effort to bring to the screen the 1880 Henry James novel of the same title (the first was The Heiress in 1949). Set in 1850 among the aristocracy of New York, Washington Square examines the inhibitions of Catherine Sloper (Jennifer Jason Leigh), the only child of wealthy Dr. Austin Sloper (Albert Finney). Catherine is clumsy and shy and something of an embarrassment to her high-class father. Dr. Sloper still unconsciously resents the child because her birth caused the death of his wife. He also disapproves of Catherine's attraction to Morris Townsend (Ben Chaplin),… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jennifer Jason Leigh shows a surprising flair for modest, introspective moods in Agnieszka Holland's deftly directed adaptation of Henry James's quietly compassionate novel."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Guys, go see this movie (the first half) to find out how to treat a lady. My friend wanted to borrow my notebook and make notes for himself."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Leigh may sound like a peculiar casting choice for a costume drama, but her trademark mannerisms and mumbly elocution are a perfect fit."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Washington Square comes closer than did The Heiress to what James originally wrote: an elegy to a woman whom few people notice and no one loves."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Painstakingly produced, dramatically compelling, and acted with skill and intensity."
‑ Bob Satuloff, Film Journal International
"Registers strongly on the emotions as a poignant and powerful meditation upon loss."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"With her usual abandon, Leigh at first loses herself in Catherine's gaudy dresses and nervous tics. As the story progresses, however, the actress lets us see there is considerably more going on with this girl than first meets the eye."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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