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Marie Antoinette (2006)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 178
Fresh: 98 | Rotten: 80

Lavish imagery and a daring soundtrack set this film apart from most period dramas; in fact, style complete takes precedence over plot and character development in Coppola's vision of the doomed queen.


Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 24

Lavish imagery and a daring soundtrack set this film apart from most period dramas; in fact, style complete takes precedence over plot and character development in Coppola's vision of the doomed queen.



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Biopic of the beautiful Queen of France who became a symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th century monarchy, and was stripped of her riches and finery, imprisoned and beheaded by her own subjects during the French Revolution that began in 1789.


Documentary, Drama

Feb 13, 2007


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All Critics (189) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (98) | Rotten (80) | DVD (21)

Stunningly original...The masterstroke of Marie Antoinette is how Coppola connects the social order to sexual servitude.

November 22, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It's very pretty and occasionally amusing but also dreadfully dull for long, long stretches.

October 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comments (2)
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It's history written with truffles.

October 20, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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The director squanders a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to film on the grounds and inside the Palace of Versailles. It's the trappings we get, in richly reproduced costumes and all-over gilt furniture, at the expense of any substance.

October 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comment (1)
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Little happens for much of Marie Antoinette, but Coppola is a visual storyteller, and with her first big canvas she creates a giddy world at Versailles in color and light.

October 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Coppola's queen experiences no inner transformation or redemption because, in this telling, she's in no need of it. She's cool to begin with.

October 20, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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This gauzy interpretation of the French icon as the life of a decadent paparazzi princess is Versailles via Vogue, a frivolous New Romantic confection in which history is less important than emotional veracity.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

Fragilely evanescent

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

With her third film, Sophia Coppola exhibits an annoying preference for style over substance.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source:

This could be the story of Paris Hilton if she were to be married off to an impotent French Prince instead of dating meatheads armed with camcorders.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

A visually scrumptious version of France's iconic but ill-fated Austrian-born queen, Marie Antoinette.

December 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Coppola successfully has made a period film that doesn't feel like a museum piece.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

The very antithesis of the traditional historical film, approaching its material as an accepted present.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Stranger Song
Stranger Song

Sofia Coppola has sacrificed a compelling storyline in exchange for aimless atmospherics.

April 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

For two hours, we are treated to a display of prettiness. It's like one big elaborate meringue, delicate and intricately decorated, but without much past the surface.

April 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical

As a serious film, only an American could love Marie Antoinette. To the French, it must be gravely insulting. As an unwitting camp, it may have a great future.

March 27, 2007 Full Review Source:

You almost have to laugh and go along on the wave of ridiculousness.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

History as a guilt free pleasure.

March 21, 2007 Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio
WBAI Web Radio

Marie Antoinette - based on you know who's life - has been voted by us here at SA Movie & DVD as the movie most likely to disappoint audiences this year . . .

March 12, 2007
SA Movie & DVD Magazine

This is no stuffy historical drama but an off-kilter novelty, opulent and spare at the same time, isolating the viewer as Marie herself was isolated from the harsh reality outside the palace walls.

March 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Missing from the special features is a commentary of the film by its director. But, if you have ever heard Sofia talk, you can see why the DVD makers omitted this...

February 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Coppola fonce la tête haute, plus confiante que jamais, parfois même un peu trop

January 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Panorama

Sofia Coppola arroja una mirada fresca y contemporánea (incluso desde la banda sonora) sobre la figura de María Antonieta; quienes busquen rigor histórico, o se incomoden con las libertades que suelen tomarse los artistas, deberían abstenerse.

January 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Coppola's disconnected her character from history to achieve this glittering surface and there's nothing else to which a viewer can hang on.

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
F5 (Wichita, KS)

The illustrious juxtapositions of gorgeous settings and costumes, unexpected casting and a beguiling congruence of sensibilities are the strengths of Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, despite the royal cake ending up as misfire and cooked too long at the

December 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Beautifully filmed and fun in its own quirky way.

December 4, 2006 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for Marie Antoinette

sofia coppola lyrical pink post-punk marzipan music-vid - eat it up, yum
April 14, 2007

Super Reviewer

Dunst brings flair to her performance. Of course, the costumes and scenery are spectacular. The drama itself was a little lacking.
February 2, 2014

Super Reviewer

I upped my rating by a full star after giving this a second watch. By many standards, this is a decent movie: production design, unconventional story, anachronistically perfect soundtrack, beautiful shot composition, and some subtly excellent acting. But by another standard, it's on the long side for what it is, it doesn't really get interesting until the second hour and its ending is preceded by some leaden expositional scenes that remind us we're on the brink of the French Revolution. I also think buried in here is a valuable point about contemporary conceptions of status, celebrity, wealth and the like; Sofia Coppola doesn't seem to show much sympathy for the French royals, and in fact, she gives us the elegantly irreverent Dunst as the title character and shows a clear movement in the character from discomfort to full-blown disdain for the family she married into. On the whole, it's not quite sure what kind of film it's trying to be, though it's got plenty of strong moments and is exquisitely shot. I was wrong about it the first time through: it's not a bad movie, it's just a bad movie for Sofia Coppola. Her work is generally incredible, but I'd call this a bit of a misfire.
January 8, 2014

Super Reviewer

It was not as bad as I expected, but the soundtrack was awful!
July 31, 2013

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    1. Marie Antoinette: This is ridiculous!
    2. Comtesse de Noailles: This is Versailles!
    – Submitted by Frances H (22 months ago)
    1. Marie Antoinette: Then let them eat cake.
    – Submitted by David B (2 years ago)
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