Critic Reviews

45

Metascore

Based on 22 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Regardless, though it may be occasionally slow-moving and perhaps a half-hour too long, this film is put together with care and a mindfulness of quality.
50
By the time [James Ivory and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala] get around to articulating a story, the inhibitions imposed by their "good taste" begin to seem more like gutlessness, and what initially promises to be an exposure of American liberal doublethink about slavery winds up as a querulous wimp out on a subject that the underrated "Mandingo" is better equipped to deal with.
50
The movie tells no clear story and has no clear ideas.
50
Slow, beautifully filmed, Nolte's Jefferson implausible.
50
Bereft of any flesh-and-blood honesty, the last half of the movie plays like a ludicrous PBS version of "Mandingo."
50
Rolling Stone
The team of producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory and writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala drops the ball with this droopy, snail-paced prigs-in-wigs movie.
50
Jefferson in Paris is dull, sluggish and unfocused.
50
This movie would have had a chance of being interesting had it been about Sally Hemmings.
40
Sadly, beyond the wigs, costumes and exquisite set design, its a vacant enterprise.
40
A wax-museum movie that is both bland and reverential despite its focus on the great man's love life, Jefferson is hampered by its disconnected protagonist.

More Critic Reviews

See all external reviews for Jefferson in Paris (1995) »

See also

Awards | FAQ | User Reviews | User Ratings | External Reviews