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The Invisible Woman

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Dickens love story with a bit of sex and a disturbing image.

Movie R 2013 111 minutes
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For THE INVISIBLE WOMAN, actor Ralph Fiennes steps behind the camera for the second time after his clever, powerful Coriolanus, but this time the results are a bit more tepid. Working from a book by Claire Tomalin, Fiennes seems intent on preserving factual details, but the resulting story probably could have used some embellishment. The relationship isn't terribly steamy or illicit or passionate. Dickens doesn't seem to view Nelly as his muse, and he seems perfectly able to live -- and write -- without her. Characters speak to one another in hushed whispers as if a great deal is at stake, but the movie never makes the motivations behind this believable or clear. Some details that seem important, such as Nelly's pregnancy, are rushed, and the characters merely look pained by the whole situation, rather than tormented or heartbroken. However, the film's design and direction and the performances are all impeccable. It's a first-class production, merely passionless.

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