It's rather unfortunate that Anglo-American production is much
less than the sum of all its parts. Based on a classic novel, boasting a magnificent lead performance from Rachel Weisz, handsomely photographed and meticulous attention paid to the period, My
Cousin Rachel turns out to be a rather dull film.
The story concerns Philip, an orphan, who receives the news
that his adoptive cousin has died, and he suspects that the death is the work of his late cousin's wife Rachel, an older, seductive woman of whom Philip develops his own
Perhaps in the hands of a different director, a darker vision
would have suited the material. As is, it's worth watching for Rachel Weisz's performance, but very little else.