Nick Wall
Lesley Savage
December 23, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Duchess

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
105 minutes
Limited Release Date
09/19/08
performer
Ralph Fiennes, Keira Knightley, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell
director
Saul Dibb
distributor
Paramount Vantage
author
Saul Dibb, Jeffrey Hatcher, Anders Thomas Jensen
We gave it a C

As the late 18th century’s Duchess of Devonshire — a fashionable, well-liked ancestor of Princess Diana — Keira Knightley brings passion and grace to this otherwise flawed period piece. While her costumes are beautifully crafted, The Duchess fails to illustrate just why she was so beloved. The EXTRAS shed some light, but are dreadfully dry. If only the filmmakers had taken as much time to mold Knightley’s character as they did her Bride of Frankenstein hair. C

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