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80
Variety
Full of delightful moments that throw into high relief the actors' craft.
80
It is a pleasure from start to finish.
75
Dance's directorial debut isn't exciting, but it's deeply felt and engagingly acted. Why doesn't he take more advantage of the story's opportunities for fine music, though?
70
Charles Dance's début feature is an impressive achievement.
70
It is to Dance's considerable credit that he never lets the filmmaking overtake the understated storytelling.
70
Village Voice
So tastefully subdued it makes Merchant Ivory look like Gaspar Noé. And while they never look bored, Smith and Dench are clearly slumming, having played these roles in other costume pics.
60
The A.V. Club
It's important to go in knowing the central secret of the movie: Nothing exciting is going to happen. Ever. Armed with that knowledge, viewers should be able to settle down and enjoy the extremely low-key, melancholy character study that plays out between a handful of excellent actors.
60
The cinematic equivalent of a visit from a cherished but increasingly dithery maiden aunt.
60
Its appeal lies in the powerhouse performances delivered by Dench and Smith.
30
L.A. Weekly
Ladies in Lavender oscillates between scenes so relentlessly nice they make you want to scream and others - particularly those depicting the crush Dench develops on her new housemate - creepier than anything in "The Amityville Horror."

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