Movie review: Mulligan tackles another classic literary heroine in 'Madding Crowd'

April 24, 2015 2:48 PM

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Glowing reviews are nothing new to English rose Carey Mulligan. The star of "An Education," damsel in distress of "Drive" and Daisy Buchanan of the recent "Great Gatsby" is used to the sort of notices she's earning for her turn as Bathsheba Everdene in the film of Thomas Hardy's "Far From the Madding Crowd." Her Bathsheba is "intense, compelling and modern," raved David Sexton in This is London, with Variety'sScott Foundas finding "an appealing wistfulness" in Mulligan's interpretation of the 19th century heroine.

But Mulligan as "the face of 21st century British feminism," as proclaimed by the UK's Guardian newspaper, thanks to her turns as Bathsheba and as one of the title characters in the upcoming "Suffragette"? That's a new one.

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