Picks and Pans Review: Separate Lies

updated 10/03/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/03/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Rupert Everett, Linda Bassett

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When a wealthy London lawyer (Wilkinson) learns the hard way that his marriage (to Watson) isn't as tranquil as he'd thought, this English drama wants us to know that even the stiff upper lips of the upper class can tremble. While skillfully acted, particularly by Wilkinson, Lies is such a carefully manicured, minia-turist work that at the end one half-expects to hear Peggy Lee singing, "Is That All There Is?" (R)

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