The Duchess
The Duchess (2008)

"The Duchess" is the story of an extraordinary woman who rose to fame by staying true to her passions in a world of protocol, gossip and social rules--and paid the price. Long before the concept existed, the Duchess of Devonshire,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 5, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While The Duchess treads the now-familiar terrain of the corset-ripper, the costumes look great and Keira Knightley's performance is stellar in this subtly feminist, period drama.

Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

This is a wonderful film.

Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune

It's disturbingly shallow, focused so tightly on one woman's feelings of repression and loneliness that it lacks any perspective on their causes.

Jason Best
Movie Talk

Keira wears a series of gorgeous frocks and runs through her full repertoire of smirks and simpers... But if you can look past the dresses and the sullen lips, then you have to admit that [she] delivers another solid performance.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

There's something really special about Kiera Knightly in these period pieces.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

The Duchess is clearly Knightley's movie, ultimately rising or falling on her performance. She's up to the task, capturing both the charm and grace that made Georgiana so captivating.

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Mike Scott

The Duchess doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is: a comfortable, low-calorie morsel of historical drama.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

It chronicles the saga of a vibrant and forward-thinking woman hampered by the constraints of a rigid society.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Fiennes, an actor who disappears into roles like ice in a teacup, makes the Duke a complex and almost sympathetic figure, a bulky, unappealing man whose interests are in all the wrong things.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

a refreshing look at British royalty, and it will curb your want to be part of that era, age and societal level

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A handsomely-mounted period drama that impresses more for its dazzling art direction and costume design than for anything plot-related, telling a half-baked… More
Robert C
A solid period piece. Good acting on the part of the main characters. With Rampling and Fiennes standing out the most for me. Beautiful sets and costumes… More
paul sandberg
In The Duchess you have one of those historical biopics - you know, "based on a true story", which since it is only "based upon" gives the… More
Film Crazy
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, its a great movie about love and betrayal. Kiera Knightly performs yet another astonishing period drama thats interesting and… More
Wildaly M
Interesting story and good performances.
familiar stranger
Being interested in movies inspired by actual events, I decided to check it out. While it lacked the grip to keep me hooked, it wasn't absolutely rubbish.