Ladies in Lavender
Ladies in Lavender (2005)

Two aging spinster sisters have their peaceable Cornwall existence disrupted in 1936 when they take a young Polish violinist into their care. After a particularly violent storm, Ursula and Janet Widington awake to find young man Andrea… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 29, 2005
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A charming, if slight, period drama that quietly showcases fine performances by its two stars.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's a British period piece, full of the sylvan Cornish coast and countryside, vintage motorcars, steam threshers and sensibilities. Pity they left out a compelling plot.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Under Dance's sure hand, and the even surer performances of Smith and Dench, who know that underplaying an emotion often increases its punch, the film is a small study in the dignity of letting go.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Smith is rather wasted...Perhaps if the actresses had exchanged roles, this pallid palette would have had more emotional color.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A fascinating and involving chamber piece for two superb actresses.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

A funny, civilized little romantic drama in which Smith co-stars with the equally estimable Judi Dench.

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Boyd van Hoeij

One wonders how much of their performances came from Dance's direction and how much came from the actresses themselves, but what counts is what is there on the screen, which is more than satisfactory.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A wistful little thing about regret, jealousy and love.

Susan Walker
Toronto Star

As long as Dench or Smith is on the screen there's plenty to absorb one's interest.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Filled with wonderful music and magnificent, subtle acting. The story, however, goes nowhere at a glacial pace.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
It doesn't take us any effort to understand the genuine fascination created by the mysterious and handsome young man played by Daniel Brühl, but this… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Ladies in Lavender" takes place in 1930's on the English coast where sisters Ursula(Judi Dench) and Janet(Maggie Smith)… More
Jeremy Smith
Lavender Ladies Lose Their Way. Aesthetically pleasing without much content. Although the story is good and told beautifully it lacks drama.
Cinema Films
Excellent performances by the two Dames and Miriam Margolyes was hilarious as always. Every part she plays she seems to fit into perfectly. Anyone who ever had… More
Red Lats
Two grand old English ladies find a Polish kid washed up on their beach. They nurse Andrea back to life, and find out he is an accomplished violinist. I enjoy… More
Sunil Jawahir
Judi Dench has never been so adorable and lovable.