At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.

This period drama was terribly boring. Lush sets, beautiful costumes, stunning countryside just isn’t enough for a story (based on fact) of Dickens’s secret lover. The script was completely flat, the acting unconvincing (although Felicity Jones as Nelly and Susanna Hislop as Dickens’s wife were better). One reviewer has suggested that Ralph Fiennes (director and Dickens) was essentially trapped in what he thought a period movie should look like. I tend to agree. We don’t get a real and rich sense of Nelly, Dickens’s wife, while on screen, is good but isn’t developed enough. The whole thing is in good taste but, nice to look at, but completely superficial. Give it a miss.

overall=**1/2 ; acting=*** ; story=**1/2 ; soundtrack=*** ; cinematography=***1/2 ; directing=**1/2