While this is a lush and beautiful period piece, the problem with it is that it is somewhat dull. Despite stellar performances by John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey, and the supporting cast, the main star, Nicole Kidman, is out of her league, though she is a luminous beauty and has some acting ability. The problem is that her performance lacks the presence or depth necessary to make this a truly interesting film. She just is not good enough an actress to be able to carry the storyline and engage the viewer. It is unfortunate, as the film is an otherwise good adaptation of Henry James' novel of the same name.