The French Lieutenant's Woman
The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)

John Fowles' original novel The French Lieutenant's Woman was distinguished by a literary technique that involved telling a story of Victorian sexual and social oppression within the bounds of a 1970s viewpoint. How does one convey… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 4, 2001
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A shallow, confusing and vexing film.

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Dan Jardine

the film comes off as an academic exercise instead of a living, breathing testament to the ideas it presents.

Emanuel Levy

Playing a dual (Oscar-nominated) role, Meryl Streep is much more convincing in the contemporay tale.

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Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

It may be a true "chick flick," but as far as those movies go, you could do a hell of a lot worse.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A gripping psychological study of the war between the sexes that asks the question: Are we happier, wiser, more liberated, than the Victorian characters in the story?

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Christopher Null

Characters don't talk to each other -- they talk to the camera

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
This film interweaves two two-character dramas: as adulterous actors film a melodrama about a 19th Century adulterous couple, they begin to develop their own… More
John Ballantine
Meryl Streep does her best in a meandering film. The TV version apparently is shorter but I doubt that it does much to pick up the slow action in an otherwise… More
Julie B
Extremely well done, slow and deliberate unraveling of two intertwined love stories.
Alec Barniskis
Well acted, but the modern part of the story is silly and without any real point. That and the ending is a train wreck. Its not all bad, just rather tedious.
Lady D'arbanville
The two love stories that are the link in this film would have been very boring in their own right, but mix the two, the time differences, the character changes… More
hawk ledge
Sly, self-reflexive adaptation and movie-within-a-movie, having both a fictionalized and a real component complement each other, a meta-fictional technique used… More