Slow but mesmerizing. Casting, direction, costuming, cinematography, settings, editing, all preternaturally are superb. But if you don't accept the slow pace of Henry James novels or accept the way historical context shapes people's lives and personalities, you won't like this. Of all the adaptations of Henry James work, this the best. Mostly this is down to the exceptional acting from an exceptional cast--from major to minor roles. Unlike other reviewers, I liked the take of Mary-Louise Parker. She very much represented a certain American type as created through the lens of European stereotyping--to which James was not immune. (And of Shelley Winters and Shelley Duvall, perfect.) There are some really good insights among the five star reviews here, and one or two of the four star review. So I'm going to cop out at this point, save you some time and say...look around and give it a try if you like variety.