From 'A Movie Parable'
The tryst between Ash and LaMotte is far more interesting and attention-grabbing than the modern day fumbling attempts at love made by Michell and Bailey. At least the couple in the past were dealing with significant and understandable issues that kept them apart. This made them tragic figures. The modern couple just manage to stumble over their own insecurities and fears. This made them appear foolish.
The acting is top notch with admirable performances by Paltrow, Eckhart, and Northam. Jennifer Ehle is marvelous as Christabel LaMotte, portraying the reserved manner of a Victorian lady, coupled with the passion of a woman in love, overlaid with the rebellious spirit of a revolutionary. She is wonderful in the complex role.
From the San Diego Metropolitan
Director/co-writer Neil LaBute ("In the Company of Men"), has assembled a magnificent cast and crew to tell this story. Northam and Ehle are absolutely convincing as the otherwise-engaged Victorians who, knowing that "no mere human can stand in a fire and not be consumed," still cannot resist the warmth so generated.
This film will give "Road to Perdition" a run for the Oscar gold. All four principals are just right in their roles. Nominations should also go to LaBute, cinematographer Jean Yves Escoffier and editor Claire Simpson.
I cannot recommend this film highly enough.