Effie Gray

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Released 2015

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Director:
Richard Laxton
Released:
2015
Rating:
PG-13
Based on the real-life scandal that shocked Victorian-era England, the film tells the story of Euphemia "Effie" Gray. At 19, she married the prominent art historian and critic John Ruskin, but Ruskin refused to consummate their marriage. Lonely and frustrated Effie is drawn to pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais, and finds a friend and champion in Lady Elizabeth Eastlake. After five years trapped in a loveless marriage, Effie will defy the rules of Victorian society...

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  • 60

    The Guardian Peter Bradshaw

    It's a little hammy and soapy, with an occasional Pythonesque sense of its own importance but this film, directed by Richard Laxton, is performed with gusto.

  • 60

    Total Film

    Richard Laxton's painterly film combines the gothic shadows of Hitchcock's Rebecca with the gut-wrenching romance of A Royal Affair. The result is dark and offbeat, but as a murky ...

  • 40

    The Hollywood Reporter Stephen Dalton

    Effie Gray is an exquisitely dreary slice of middlebrow armchair theater which adds little new to a much-filmed story.

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