The White Countess
The White Countess (2005)

After losing his wife, daughter, and eyesight in the violent political unrest of 1930s Shanghai, former diplomat Todd Jackson (Ralph Fiennes) develops an obsession with creating the perfect, most comfortable and elegant bar. As he explores… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 21, 2005
DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

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Brandon Fibbs

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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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.

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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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

A tedious, overblown bit of business.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

Despite its brilliant evocation of this great city at this most provocative time in history, the movie just gets sillier and sillier.

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Pablo Villaça
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.

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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