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'Effie Gray': EW review

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David Levinthal

Effie Gray

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
108 minutes
Limited Release Date:
04/03/15
performer:
Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge
director:
Richard Laxton
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C+

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. Dakota Fanning plays the title character, a naive newlywed who’s trapped in a loveless marriage to Victorian art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise). There’s a hint of a forceful proto-feminist story in here somewhere, but director Richard Laxton lets that message (and any compelling drama) slip through his fingers. C+

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