Hatchet Job of the Day
The film is no deeper than the book, a pleasant, purling, shallow social chronicle … My colleagues take the novel’s Balzacian listing of period items and icons as the stuff of masterly writing. But Balzac attached tales and characters; Nicholls just gives laundry lists, with a few jokes and a love story. In what way is Hathaway unworthy of that? Both she and Sturgess, a puppyish charmer with a real light comedy flair, are better than their material.