The Invisible Woman
The Invisible Woman (2013)

Nelly (Felicity Jones), a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) with… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 25, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its deliberate pace will frustrate some viewers, but for fans of handsomely mounted period drama, The Invisible Woman offers visual as well as emotional cinematic nourishment.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

The sheer warmth and liveliness of Fiennes's Dickens means he's impossible not to like.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It's wonderfully cast ... and beautifully designed; a quiet pleasure.

Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian

Far more attentive to visual storytelling than most actors who step behind the camera, Fiennes conveys shifting dynamics through his characters' positions within the frame.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Fiennes and screenwriter Abi Morgan adapt Claire Tomalin's book with delicate grace, presenting love as blessing, curse and, perhaps, inevitable force.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

An air of complacency hangs over the project; its condemnation of Victorian sexism makes us congratulate ourselves for our more enlightened views.

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Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

It's unhurried yet confident, familiar yet provocative. With fine cinematography by Robert Hardy (Blitz), most 'Expectations' will, indeed, be met.

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Rafer Guzman

Why did this bright, vivacious, intellectually engaged girl willingly lock herself up in a wealthy man's seraglio? Put bluntly, what did she get out of it? In the end, "The Invisible Woman" remains a mystery.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Even if you don't entirely buy this version of events, director Ralph Fiennes has given us a speculation that works as drama. It's an elegant bit of goods.

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Deborah Kennedy
Willamette Week

The performances are first-rate -- Fiennes and Jones are stellar, as are Kristin Scott Thomas as Nelly's mother and Tom Hollander as playwright Collins -- and the score and period details are sumptuous. But the film still drags.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The costume design and art direction are outstanding, though the usually reduced depth of field stands a bit in the way, and in its first half the story… More
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'The Invisible Woman'. Quietly captivating on many levels, no more so than Felicity Jones' face. The closeups are Fiennes' best choice.
Kevin M. Williams
Fiennes does well in his directorial debut, a look at early media sensation Charles Dickens and his choice to have an affair with a much younger woman in a time… More
Walter M.
The invisible woman of the title at the heart of this biopic of Charles Dickens(Ralph Fiennes, who also directed) is not his wife Catherine(Joanna Scanlan) and… More
Mark Hobin
The Invisible Woman details a specific period of a particular time. The 13 year relationship between Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens is not just a tale of love… More
John Ballantine
Ralph Fiennes plays a good Dickens but fails to develop adequate chemistry with his co-star. Nice try though.