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Vita & Virginia Reviews

April 6, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 20, 2019
Maybe dramatizing their correspondence would have worked if it had been paired with convincing dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 10, 2019
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 6, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 5, 2019
The movie's editing undermines both lead performances. Scenes end abruptly, or seem set up for a moment that never arrives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 4, 2019
Based on what we see here, the work was almost absurdly greater than the inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 4, 2019
It hardly makes for scintillating cinema, even given the whiff of scandalousness with which Button and Atkins lay out the stages of Vita and Virginia's relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 25, 2019
There were moments in director Chanya Button's Vita & Virginia where I felt like she had made this delicate, painfully mesmeric drama just for me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 23, 2019
Vita & Virginia wastes the talents of four people-its two subjects and the two women that play them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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August 22, 2019
The two women don't really seem to know each other very well.
August 22, 2019
Because Arterton portrays Vita with an almost adolescent superficiality, her fixation on Virginia never feels like more than a conquest, or a rung to be climbed on the literary ladder.
August 22, 2019
"Vita & Virginia" takes a passionate, real-life affair between two enormously gifted writers and proceeds to throttle the life out of it.
August 21, 2019
That it builds to the writing and publication of Woolf's landmark novel Orlando, whose title character Sackville-West inspired, only makes one wish to be watching Sally Potter's 1992 adaptation of Orlando (starring Tilda Swinton) instead.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 20, 2019
The film frequently falls back on the stately demeanor of countless other historical biopics and period pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 12, 2019
Debicki is wonderful as Woolf, a wry and solemn observer, but the rest of the film is all too literal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 9, 2019
But if you're going to re-enact the Fall and liberation from Eden, for the world's female and lesbian communities, you've got to have a garden or gardens to do it in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 8, 2019
Yet much good will is squandered by some mood-killing touches, most prominently a score that can only be described as candle shop electronica.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 8, 2019
Quite irritating...not entirely successful, but it does have things in it that work, not least the performances.
July 5, 2019
It is a good, honest performance and, for all that the movie itself is brittle, self-conscious and perhaps a little absurd at times, there is a vehement, urgent idealism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 5, 2019
Torn between brave experiment and on-after-Lovejoy heritage telly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 5, 2019
The makers of this biographical romance clearly adore Virginia Woolf and want viewers to engage with her personality, sexuality and lightning-bright words.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 4, 2019
The two writers narrowly skirt scandal, unlocking each other's potential to scale new professional heights. But the film seems to skirt along with them, hanging on every word like a groupie too overawed to interject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 3, 2019
Only existing fans of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West are likely to be drawn to this stiff recounting of the writers' 1920s Sapphic affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 1, 2019
Don't come here for a stylised period drama that glosses over either the class gap or her mental health.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 2, 2019
The film never delves beneath its surfaces.
September 18, 2018
This is a stranger and more intriguing film than it really has a right to be...
September 16, 2018
Button has hit on a topic that will draw in both literary and LGBTQ audiences, but it lacks the electricity to go the extra mile theatrically.
September 9, 2018
In this mannered literary period piece, the story of the love affair between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West is too hampered by tonal and pacing issues to ever ignite.