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The Invisible Woman Reviews

April 16, 2014
Felicity Jones gives a strong depiction of repressed emotion. Up against Fiennes' Dickens -- all bonhomie, energy, mercurial self-consciousness -- she's a melancholy figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 14, 2014
Fiennes and his team recreate 19th-century England with a precision that, in its more stifling moments, rekindles memories of Merchant Ivory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 7, 2014
Fiennes has neither disgraced, nor distinguished himself, with this solemn soap. He wants to tell Nelly's story but the real woman - and the man she spent 13 years of her life with - slips through his fingers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 6, 2014
This is an engrossing drama, with excellent performances and tremendous design by Maria Djurkovic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 6, 2014
It's the film's small, quasi-serendipitous moments that remain with us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 6, 2014
Fiennes' abusive romance makes visible the hidden hypocrisies of the Victorian age.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 4, 2014
The sheer warmth and liveliness of Fiennes's Dickens means he's impossible not to like.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 24, 2014
Fiennes and screenwriter Abi Morgan adapt Claire Tomalin's book with delicate grace, presenting love as blessing, curse and, perhaps, inevitable force.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 23, 2014
Why did this bright, vivacious, intellectually engaged girl willingly lock herself up in a wealthy man's seraglio? Put bluntly, what did she get out of it? In the end, "The Invisible Woman" remains a mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 23, 2014
It's wonderfully cast ... and beautifully designed; a quiet pleasure.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 23, 2014
An air of complacency hangs over the project; its condemnation of Victorian sexism makes us congratulate ourselves for our more enlightened views.
January 23, 2014
Even if you don't entirely buy this version of events, director Ralph Fiennes has given us a speculation that works as drama. It's an elegant bit of goods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 23, 2014
A literary love story that's rooted in repression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 20, 2014
Fiennes, who's getting awfully good at directing himself and everybody around him, envisions Dickens as something of a rock star in 19th century London, a popular, glad-handing figure who can't step out in public without an adoring audience swarming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 17, 2014
Fiennes reveals just what a fiercely energetic force Dickens was. With her fulsome mouth and hazel eyes, Jones offers a convincing mix of youth and precocious awareness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 17, 2014
Shot with a stillness that serves to reinforce the restlessness in its characters' souls, The Invisible Woman offers a fascinating view of a young woman whose eagerness and energy are slowly compromised ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 17, 2014
While the whole thing is Victorian to the flower-patterned mantlepieces and oil-lamp lighting, this is a living, breathing portrait of people caught by familiar emotions and imprisoning social codes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 16, 2014
[A] compassionate, clear-eyed, beautifully conceived portrait ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 15, 2014
Ralph Fiennes, working from a screenplay by Abi Morgan, has brought this story to the screen in a film that will appeal greatly to Dickens enthusiasts and those who enjoy British costume dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 14, 2014
Ralph Fiennes does a marvelous job as Dickens and as the director of this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 10, 2014
In some scenes, Fiennes is too free with the handheld camera. But he does make the movie all-aquiver, rich in feeling.
January 9, 2014
In the scenes of Dickens acting on stage or delivering a public reading, Fiennes' bravura transcends itself; it becomes something magnificently real, a sort of divine extroversion.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 9, 2014
"The Invisible Woman" is a strong movie about a young woman who makes a choice and then lives with it, accepting the reality of knowing all and yet having to stayinvisible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 9, 2014
As good as Fiennes is, Jones is even better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 6, 2014
Fiennes and the screenwriter, Abi Morgan, have mounted an accurate re-creation of Victorian England, but the affair isn't much of a story-at least, not as realized here.
January 3, 2014
The Invisible Woman at its best does justice to the complicatedness of its characters -- just as Dickens did as a writer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 26, 2013
It turns out to be as compellingly dramatic as anything [Dickens] put on the page.
December 26, 2013
The Invisible Woman gives us a plausible image of the great man in the fullness of his celebrity, and an affecting portrait of the woman who lived much of her life in his shadow.
December 26, 2013
A delicate counterpoise of passion and restraint, The Invisible Woman is a major work in a minor key.
December 26, 2013
There's nothing here you haven't seen before - or see around you, today - and very little reason to go into a theater and see it again.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 26, 2013
Told with a finely calibrated poetic obliqueness that draws the viewer into the relationship's gradual unfolding, the film represents a formidable achievement for Fiennes as both actor and director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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December 24, 2013
The Invisible Woman is slow to build - but worth its wait in gold.
December 24, 2013
You may become impatient with the leisurely pace of "The Invisible Woman" and its occasional narrative vagueness, but its open spaces leave room for some of the strongest acting of any contemporary film.
December 24, 2013
The Invisible Woman finds Ralph Fiennes proving as adept behind the camera as he is in front of it.
December 24, 2013
Directed tastefully by Ralph Fiennes, "The Invisible Woman" is very lovely to look at. But it lives up to its own title too well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 24, 2013
Handsome and intelligent, it's nonetheless a tepid portrait of a relationship that would be unremarkable were the gentleman not Dickens.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 24, 2013
There's plenty of fun here for anyone partial to expertly done period dramas. The costumes are wonderful, and it's particularly enjoyable to watch rehearsal scenes in a 19th-century theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 24, 2013
By refusing to consider that Dickens and Ternan ever brought each other any happiness, the movie is more Victorian in its attitudes than even some Victorians were.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 23, 2013
A meticulously rendered, tasteful and moving period drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 18, 2013
A romance about stolen liberties in a repressed moment, this pulses with passion and purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
December 18, 2013
Mr. Fiennes admirably humanizes the characters while exploring their contradictions and emphasizing their feelings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 25, 2013
The period detail is exquisite, down to the last antimacassar, but the storytelling is so inert that the furnishings steal the focus.
September 14, 2013
Ralph Fiennes both stars (as Dickens) and directs with an exacting eye to period detail and there are great performances across the board, among them Felicity Jones as Nelly Ternan and Kristin Scott Thomas as her mother, Catherine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 13, 2013
The movie's a hushed and hesitant thing, extremely beautiful in its camerawork, lighting, and editing, and extremely British in its repression.
September 13, 2013
As a filmmaker, Fiennes maintains a subdued tone that's alternately too restrained to make the drama fluidly engaging and impressively studied in its depiction of the couple's ups and downs.
Full Review | Original Score: b
September 13, 2013
A first-rate portrait of Charles Dickens's secret affair with a young actress.
September 13, 2013
An unlikely Dickensian romance, but Ralph Fiennes shines in the limelight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 11, 2013
A narrative as emotionally repressed as its subjects must have been.
September 9, 2013
A revelatory performance by Felicity Jones is the chief but hardly only virtue of Ralph Fiennes' impressively crafted Dickens tale.
September 6, 2013
Fiennes has done the right and proper thing here. He has, at 50, made a mature movie, prudent in the best possible sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 6, 2013
Fluid, handsome and confidently contained, it benefits from the actor-manager air of Fiennes's presence as Charles Dickens, which is bustling and authoritative but frequently offstage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5