Rather routine rendering of an earthy if dull cause celebre which has little of the flinty texture of Russell's earlier rendition of Women in Love. It's easy on the eye, if a little jarring on the ear with occasionally clumsy dialogue. It's not quite a case of going through the motions, but it does lack the spark and flare that marks out so much of the directors earlier work. The latter episodes have more vigour.
Joely Richardson and Sean Bean as Lady Chatterley and Oliver Mellors are perfect bodies and performers for the sort of activity Russell excelled at. The sequence where they run naked through the rain replicates and transcends a similar scene in Women in Love. Not as well known as Pascale Ferran's 2006 adaptation, Russell film (and television series) shows a much keener understanding of class and sexual warfare.