Reviewed byMarieGabrielleVote: 9/10/10
Initially, I stayed away from this movie as it received mercilessreviews. The fact that Julia Roberts was in it also was anotherobstacle. Yet as other reviewers have mentioned, she actually gives agood performance. John Malkovich is excellent as the tormentedJekyll/Hyde character.
The cinematography and moods are haunting. One feels they are actuallyre-living the Victorian era, where the servants woke up at 4AM tocomplete their drudgery. The kitchen conjures up the stark realities ofsurvival, the eel that is chopped up for dinner (while alive) MaryReilly turns white as a sheet as she sees the animal die. I actuallybegan to appreciate Ms. Roberts' performances more after this film(also in films like "Mona Lisa Smile", she projects a certainbelievability; is not just a physical presence). At one point, there isa most effective scene wherein Roberts must see to her mother's burial,and goes to the tenement to make arrangements. The landlord has placedher mother's body in a damp cellar closet, saying she is "mostcomfortable" as he hands her one shilling, the only money Roberts willinherit. Roberts then says; ..."ä poor wage for a lifetime ofdrudgery"... We are reminded of the workhouses of Dickens, and therigid class structures which she must survive...
While the dialect is at times choppy, she is believable as an Irishmaid; and the supporting cast also lends credence to this story.Malkovich varies his performance between Jekyll/Hyde, and it iseffective and visceral.
If you initially avoided this film, I would highly recommend seeing itnow. The atmosphere and music are haunting and sad. 9/10
Reviewed byforcexVote: 9/10/10
Performances, direction, cinematography are all first rate. The only realflaw is an uneconomical script. Julia Roberts has been lambasted for thispart yet I doubt she has ever acted with more believability. You couldsayher beauty is, perhaps, a hindrance here but...
Reviewed byTobySVote: 8/10/10
Mary Reilly is a great film to watch on a rainy afternoon. Oftencriticizedas boring and a low point in Julia Roberts career, I found it to be a greatGothic story. While I can understand and see why people were put to sleepby the film, I think it's a refreshing change of pace from the standardpopcorn flick that is only interested in being the number 1 film at the boxoffice Monday morning. John Malkovich turns in a great performance of theJekyll/Hyde character, and Glenn Close steals the few scenes she's in as aMadame of a brothel. Julia Roberts plays against type as a dourchambermaid, and I think that's what put off so many people. Obviously,most people like their Julia flashing her now $20 million dollar smile. Isay, "good for you for trying something different." If you haven't seenMary Reilly, watch it on the next rainy day and enjoy it.
My grade: 8 out of 10
We are somewhere in England in the 19th century. A Pretty housemaid works in a nice house, which is Dr. Jekyll's house. Mary Reilly think she found her best job, because she is poor and the doctor is well-known and rich. The film tells the 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' story as a woman sees the two men, one of them is good and the other is evil. And she loves them ...