Review Round Up: My Cousin Rachel

Rachel Weisz stars in Roger Michell’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel. But what have critics been saying about the film adaptation? 

The Guardian: **** “Weisz is a great villainess, a character who uses the promise of sex and the actual activity of sex for her own ends and yet keeps alive the possibility that she isn’t what we suspect.”

Empire: *** “It is almost entirely thanks to Weisz, deftly mercurial, that any suspense is maintained.”

The Independent: *** “This is an enjoyable film but a deeply contrived one which only works plot-wise because of Philip’s Titanic-like insistence in heading straight for the iceberg.” * “One of the problems with this “My Cousin Rachel” is that it’s hard to come up with any issue or reason relative to its creation, I’m afraid.” “My Cousin Rachel is a fascinating hybrid. It uses clunky devices out of a 19th-century melodrama, but its subject is modern: mistakes of perception and of metaphor. It’s about the myopia of the male gaze.”

The Sun: *** “A good, immersive watch with a top-notch cast.”

Evening Standard: *** “Though My Cousin Rachel has thrilling moments, every time Weisz is off-screen the plot contrivances grate. As for the denouement (which concentrates on Claflin and another actress) it’s a passion-killer.”

The Times: *** “My Cousin Rachel is a polished period piece, if lacking du Maurier’s moodiness.”

The Scotsman: **** “a tasteful yet quietly sinister adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s gothic period novel.”

The FT:  ** “The actors try their best. It’s the script and plot that let everything, and finally everyone, down.”

The London Economic: “My Cousin Rachel may not be the most nuanced or sedate adaptations ever made, but its atmospheric beauty, and at times laugh-out-loud melodramatic air is sure to have something for everyone.”

Rolling Stone: *** “Michell keeps the soirees and suspicions moving in a swoony swirl.”

The Hollywood Reporter: “My Cousin Rachel is a beautifully tangled web of good and evil, innocence and experience.”

My Cousin Rachel is in cinemas now. 


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