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Rated R · 111 minutes · 2014

Drama, Romance
There was a time when The Invisible Woman—a movie that takes a speculative look at an affair Charles Dickens had toward the end of his life—would’ve had Oscar written all over it. Ralph Fiennes directs himself as Dickens, and he presents the author as the John Lennon or Elvis Presley of his day. Dickens was a literary rock star, and one of the first to deal with print media scrutiny and hordes of fans when he tried to take a walk or go to the theater. The married Dickens also created quite a bit of controversy by having an affair with a young actress named Nelly (played here by Felicity Jones), whose full name was Ellen Ternan. Jones, the stunning actress who broke through with an amazing performance in Like Crazy, is this film’s best asset. As Nelly, an aspiring actress with questionable talent and a discreetly displayed big fan crush on Dickens, Jones brings a smoldering sophistication to her role and goes toe to toe with Fiennes in many scenes. Much of what happens in this movie is based on real events, including the 1865 Staplehurst railcar crash that many attributed to Dickens’ subsequent health woes and decrease in writing output. This is the second directorial effort for Fiennes after 2011’s very good Coriolanus. He’s a director to be reckoned with in that he has a crafty touch with sensitive subjects.
Director: Ralph Fiennes
Producer: Gabrielle Tana, Stewart Mackinnon, Christian Baute, Carolyn Blackwood, Sharon Harel, Maya Amsellem, Eve Schoukroun, Stefano Ferrari, Christine Langan and Jamie Laurenson
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander, Joanna Scanlan, Perdita Weeks, Amanda Hale, Tom Burke, John Kavanaugh, Michael Marcus and Michelle Fairley

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Colorado Springs Independent Ralph Fiennes portrays a lascivious, but somehow lovable Dickens in Invisible Woman The emotional savagery that runs throughout the film is often stomach-churning. by Tricia Olszewski 02/12/2014
Memphis Flyer Secret Lovers Charles Dickens and his mistress, The Invisible Woman. by Greg Akers 01/23/2014
Indy Week The secret life of a great writer The Invisible Woman is the story of the teenage girl for whose charms Charles Dickens broke up his family. by David Fellerath 01/22/2014
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East Bay Express The Invisible Woman I was Charles Dickens' love thang. by Kelly Vance 01/15/2014
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Portland Mercury Bland Expectations Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in a slow-moving look at Charles Dickens' love life. by Alison Hallett 01/22/2014
Creative Loafing Atlanta Invisible Woman tells of Charles Dickens' hidden lover Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in this Victorian era period piece by Andrew Alexander 01/21/2014

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