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Vita & Virginia (2019)



Critic Consensus: Vita & Virginia takes a well-acted and initially intriguing look at the relationship between its real-life protagonists, but is undone by unsatisfying storytelling.

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Set amidst the bohemian high society of 1920s England, Vita & Virginia tells the scintillating true story of a literary love affair that fueled the imagination of one of the 20th century's most celebrated writers. Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton) is the brash, aristocratic wife of a diplomat who refuses to be constrained by her marriage, defiantly courting scandal through her affairs with women. When she meets the brilliant but troubled Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki), she is immediately attracted to the famed novelist's eccentric genius and enigmatic allure. So begins an intense, passionate relationship marked by all-consuming desire, intellectual gamesmanship, and destructive jealousy that will leave both women profoundly transformed and inspire the writing of one of Woolf's greatest works.

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Gemma Arterton
as Vita Sackville-West
Elizabeth Debicki
as Virginia Woolf
Isabella Rossellini
as Lady Sackville
Rupert Penry-Jones
as Harold Nicolson
Peter Ferdinando
as Leonard Woolf
Emerald Fennell
as Vanessa Bell
Gethin Anthony
as Clive Bell
Rory Fleck Byrne
as Geoffrey Scott
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All Critics (90) | Top Critics (28)

It's not as bold as that trio, but it's elevated by some adroit dialogue and knockout performances from Gemma Arterton as Vita Sackville-West, and Elizabeth Debicki as Virginia Woolf.

April 6, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Maybe dramatizing their correspondence would have worked if it had been paired with convincing dialogue.

November 20, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This peek into a famous love story makes the audience a participant in the affair, inspiring questions of perspective and truth in love and art, where the only truth worth anything is one deeply felt.

September 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It's never a good sign for your rulebreaking romance when the occasional bits of dialogue between wayward wives and their sad husbands is more human, more feeling, and more emotionally intelligible than that between the lesbian lovers.

September 6, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The movie's editing undermines both lead performances. Scenes end abruptly, or seem set up for a moment that never arrives.

September 5, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Based on what we see here, the work was almost absurdly greater than the inspiration.

September 4, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
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