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Mrs. Dalloway (1998)



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Virginia Woolf's difficult 1925 novel about a woman reflecting on choices made 30 years earlier is a smartly conceived, beautifully executed study of four intersecting lives in Edwardian England.

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Vanessa Redgrave
as Clarissa Dalloway
Michael Kitchen
as Peter Walsh
Natascha McElhone
as Young Clarissa
Alan Cox
as Young Peter
John Standing
as Richard Dalloway
Amelia Bullmore
as Rezia Warren Smith
Lena Headey
as Young Sally
Rupert Graves
as Septimus Warren Smith
Sarah Badel
as Sally Seton/Lady Rosseter
Robert Portal
as Young Richard
Oliver Ford Davies
as Hugh Whitbread
Hal Cruttenden
as Young Hugh
Katie Carr
as Elizabeth Dalloway
Phyllis Calvert
as Aunt Helena
John Franklyn-Robbins
as Lionel, Clarissa's Father
Selina Cadell
as Miss Kilman
Robert Hardy
as Sir William Bradshaw
Margaret Tyzack
as Lady Bruton
Rupert Baker
as Joseph Breitkopf
Oscar Pearce
as Bookshop Assistant
Janet Henfrey
as Miss Pym
Polly Pritchett
as Nursemaid
Hilda Braid
as Elderly Woman
Derek Smee
as Man on Bench
Jane Whittenshaw
as 1st Woman by Fountain
Susie Fairfax
as 2nd Woman by Fountain
Fanny Carby
as Old Woman/Singer
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Critic Reviews for Mrs. Dalloway

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (11)

Director Marleen Gorris and screenwriter Eileen Atkins have done a remarkable job of suggesting the inner mental jumble Woolf strove to convey and constructing an exterior narrative of luminous beauty.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: A-

A highly romantic, deeply melancholy drama, the film offers psychological and existential insights about the inevitable effects - and price - of life choices.

March 26, 2009
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Vanessa Redgrave is such a majestic screen presence -- so luminous and wise -- that even the stilted "Mrs. Dalloway" is hard-pressed to dim her radiance.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Cinematic soporific for the cynically reclined. Unalliteratively, it's a snooze.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The first act will be perplexing for those unfamiliar with the novel, but Redgrave's performance steers us through, and by the end we understand with complete, final clarity what the story was about.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The movie doesn't offer hash; it is well ordered, beautiful, and clear. But it does what movies do, not what Virginia Woolf does.

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Mrs. Dalloway


What did you expect from me? You know how much I love period pieces especially one that are particularly dull. Are reviewers swayed by the existence of corsets to continually rave about these pieces? Part of me thinks that is the case.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


This movie is another from the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival. Its not a bad film, even though I only give it 2 1/2 stars, its just not a good movie for me. I am sure any women over 50 might enjoy this as she looks back at her life and wonders about the decisions she made. That's what the film is about, women just coming out of hospital is looking back at her life and wondering. My answer is just be happy with what you have, no matter how bad it is, be happy, if you went the other way you might have it worst. Its a British Film (BBC) its slow and dry but then again one might find it enjoyable if they read Virginia Wolff Novels as I believe its based on one of her books. 2 1/2 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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