Parents' Guide to

The Colour Room

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

British period drama has strong female role model, smoking.

Movie NR 2021 108 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+

Great movie, nice messages 11+

A great movie, many good messages and role models. Also has great acting, and a few funny moments. However there are some sad parts, and the main character is shown kissing a married man. Overall an awesome movie with a great message.
age 9+

Formulaic Rubbish!

Think of ‘Fisherman’s Friends.’ The one about the black, debating society, with Denzil Washington. The one about striking women, at the Ford, car factory. The one about the soccer team, the baseball team, like the one with Madonna. This film contains, like all these formulas, very little truth. I wanted to know more about Clarice and I was given a formulaic film. It reminded me of , Hornblower.’ “You saved every man Jack in that fleet, Hornblower.” You saved this factory, Clarice!”There is a formula, a template, to these modern films that is so old. Just pick a subject and go to the template and copy it. You will make a fortune. It’s attempt to include ‘diversity’ is pathetic. Was there a secretary called ‘Vera’? Was she black? I doubt it, since very few - if no black women, had achieved that status at that time. Why can’t we make good films anymore, like the ‘Ealing Comedies’? Wonderful, genius creations, that gave us more than a safe formula. I wasted my Sunday night watching this. Don’t waste yours.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Unless you have a keen interest in ceramics and pottery, the chances are you won't have heard of Clarice Cliff. The British working class factory girl who went on to become one of the most celebrated ceramic artists has her story told in this period drama, The Colour Room. However, while you may be unfamiliar with who or what she achieved, her story is inspirational with Cliff -- played by Bridgerton's Dynevor -- showing both a desire and determination to accomplish her dreams, while opening the door for other women. Dynevor is great, playing Cliff with a confidence that shows she completely backs herself and is someone to be heard.

Although a rags to riches story, the movie tends to shy away from anything too downbeat. There are references to money troubles in the Cliff family home, along with a relationship breakup, illness, and a tragic death. But all are mere footnotes with no real trauma or aftermath felt or addressed. It's as though director Claire McCarthy made the conscious decision that the movie was to be feel good and feel good only. Like the colorful designs that gave Cliff her reputation, this is a film with plenty of gloss that has no interest in the cracks and shades of gray of real life.

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