Excerpt: It’s a film as much about complicated love as it is about Dickens’ celebrity, and in both regards it succeeds. Promoting the idea of Dickens the performer on par with Dickens the novelist, someone to be heard perhaps more so than someone to be read, the scene forms a rich backdrop against which the romance might blossom.
Excerpt: Fiennes, working both sides of the camera, creates a deeply flawed Dickens without alienating our acceptance of Nelly’s love for a man who perhaps could not distinguish his public persona from his personal one.
Excerpt: Like Nelly was the least talented actress in her clan, Jones is probably the least capable in the film, hardly displaying the range necessary to interpret neither the giddy joys connected to loving a notable celebrity nor the dreadful lows of conducting an illicit affair in the Victorian era.
Excerpt: The Invisible Woman details a specific period of a particular time. The 13 year relationship between Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens is not just a tale of love but of pain and regret as well.
Excerpt: Fiennes has built a beautifully detailed and presented Victorian world, but he has not quite managed to make the romance come alive in it, although he crafts some subtle and even poignant scenes.
Excerpt: Ralph Fiennes’s second directorial venture — following his adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” — is the closest thing to a Merchant Ivory production to come along since that venerable company closed shop.