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My Cousin Rachel

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United Kingdom, United States · 2017
Rated PG-13 · 1h 46m
Director Roger Michell
Starring Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger, Iain Glen
Genre Drama, Romance

Philip is a young 1830s Englishman who has journeyed to see his cousin Ambrose after receiving some concerning letters, only to arrive and find him dead. Believing Ambrose's missing wife, Rachel, is to blame his demise, Philip vows revenge. Upon meeting Rachel, however, Philip's feeling become complicated as he finds himself falling for her seductive charm and beauty.

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TheWrap by Alonso Duralde

Weisz and Claflin make a memorable couple, but it’s too bad their chemistry is wasted on such a wan drama. A little less taste and a little more oomph might have made all the difference.

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Slant Magazine by Keith Watson

After a while, the enigmatic nature of Rachel Weisz's character starts to feel less like an enticing mystery than a narrative trick.

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Variety by Peter Debruge

It’s pure pleasure to watch Weisz as Rachel, who is also an actress of sorts, adapting to suit the needs and desires of whoever she’s seducing. Her manipulations feel more intuitive than conniving and need not be explicitly sexual per se.

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Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Credit Rachel Weisz, who's just the dynamite actress needed to play a character who could be a misunderstood innocent or a fortune-hunting seductress who could be a cold-blooded killer. How delicious to watch the star keep us guessing.

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Movie Nation by Roger Moore

Michell ensures that the cryptic finale to My Cousin Rachel isn’t so much a solution as an invitation to an argument on the drive home from the cinema.

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The Hollywood Reporter by Sheri Linden

There's enough dark sizzle between leads Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin to keep the audience involved through the underpowered middle stretches before the film regains its footing, delivering a disquieting shiver of a conclusion.

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Boston Globe by Ty Burr

My Cousin Rachel is a well-turned, well-acted literary adaptation that suffers from a built-in problem: The hero is a twit.

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