Lisa Schwarzbaum
October 24, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Washington Square

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Ben Chaplin, Albert Finney, Jennifer Jason Leigh
genre
Romance, Drama, Historical

We gave it a B+

Director Agnieszka Holland brings a feminist eye to this lively adaptation of Henry James’ masterpiece about a plain young woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who battles her domineering father (Albert Finney) over a suitor (Ben Chaplin) who may or may not love her for her inheritance. As played by Leigh in stylized fashion, this heiress is more ”damaged” than James suggests, more ”empowered” at the conclusion. B+

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