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Film review

Story of author Dickens’ affair with actress fascinating, but lacks passion

Felicity Jones plays Nellie and Ralph Fiennes portrays famed author Charles Dickens in “The Invisible Woman.” (Sony Pictures Classics photo)
Felicity Jones plays Nellie and Ralph Fiennes portrays famed author Charles Dickens in “The Invisible Woman.” (Sony Pictures Classics photo)
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Two years after he made his directorial debut with “Coriolanus,” the terrific actor Ralph Fiennes arrives with his second effort, an exploration of an illicit liaison that Charles Dickens had with a young actress. And “The Invisible Woman” is so different in every way from that first film — in content, texture, look, and pace — that, well, it’s tempting to call this “A Tale of Two Movies.” Of course, both films are skillfully made, ...


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