Wetherby (1985)

Because of a devastating emotional tragedy in her past, schoolteacher Jean Travers Vanessa Redgrave has never married. Throughout Wetherby, Jean's mind wanders from the present to the 1950s, when her lover was killed in Malaya (the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1985
DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The skill of Hare's approach is that he initially allows us to assume, via normal cinema techniques, that what we saw of the dinner party was the whole story.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

[An] arch, overstyled downer ...

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Christopher Null

Wetherby has a pedigree which substantially outstrips its small and undercooked story.

Nicholas Royle
Time Out

Redgrave's performance is superb and she's ably supported by Holm, Dench, and Hamilton in particular.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A haunting film, because it dares to suggest that the death of the stranger is important to everyone it touches - because it forces them to decide how alive they really are.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A gripping psychodrama that touches on themes of loss, middle age blues, and the dangers of repressing primal emotions such as love, violence, and desire.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Hare has assembled a superb cast, and its ensemble work is very fine.

TV Guide

There are more questions asked than answered in this movie, but the mental gymnastics are well worth the effort.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Exceptional cast in dark gloomy drama that moves at a glacial pace. The actors can't be faulted but it's a bit of a slog.
John Ballantine
An interesting build up and retracing of the steps leading up to the tragedy. This film however suffers from dull hanging in periods of tepid dialogue and… More