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Effie Gray (2015)



Critic Consensus: Effie Gray benefits from its strong cast, elevating a period drama that doesn't strike quite as many narrative sparks as it could.

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In EFFIE GRAY, Emma Thompson peers boldly inside the forbidden realms of Victorian society through the true story of the marriage of Effie Gray and renowned art critic John Ruskin, courageously exposing a secret world of unrequited passion hidden behind the veil of an opulent public life. Set in an era when neither divorce, nor gay marriage were an option, EFFIE GRAY is the story of a beautiful young woman coming of age, and finding her own voice in a world where women were expected to be seen but not heard. Within the lush environs of a world brimming with art, painting and high society and feverishly bucolic scenes of the Scottish countryside, EFFIE GRAY explores the intricate relationship between sexual intolerance, repression and desire which continue to permeate society today. In this impeccably crafted period drama, Thompson delicately and incisively probes the marital politics of the Victorian Era, and beyond. (C) Adopt

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Critic Reviews for Effie Gray

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (34)

It's deadly dull, clogged with all kinds of string and piano music and sunk by a perplexingly lifeless performance by Dakota Fanning as Gray.

April 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Fanning's controlled presence is ideal for a tale of Victorian repression. But as the film becomes one of quiet liberation, it needs more than her cool reserve.

April 5, 2015 | Full Review…

...attractively shot, appealingly acted, and decorously eye-opening.

April 3, 2015 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
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Wise, who is noticeably older than the 29-year-old Ruskin was at the time the events occurred in real life, gives a tense, implacable performance, and Fanning is touching. The movie, however, directed by Richard Laxton, could use a lot more oomph.

April 3, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

"Effie Gray" runs 108 minutes, yet it feels like it ends right before the real drama is about to begin.

April 3, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

With a script by Emma Thompson, you might expect Effie Gray to have the same period-piece poignancy as her 1995 take on Sense and Sensibility. No such luck.

April 3, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Effie Gray


Dakota Fanning stars as Effie Gray in this dramatic period film about a wife's struggle to build a marriage. The story follows a young woman who, after marrying an acclaimed novelist, finds herself being kept at a distance and treated as a burden by her husband and his family despite her best efforts to be a dutiful wife. Fanning gives a good performance and does an impressive job at depicting the desperation of the character to find her place in society. But unfortunately, the plot is slow paced and meanders a lot; which, while effectively shows the character's plight, kills much of the film's momentum. Yet despite its problems, on the whole Effie Gray is a fairly compelling character drama.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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Some nice scenery and decent acting but moves at a snails pace.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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