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The Affair of the Necklace (2001)



Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 52

A film about court intrigue, The Affair of the Necklace turns out to be more dull than juicy. Swank seems flat and miscast in the central role of Jeanne.


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 16

A film about court intrigue, The Affair of the Necklace turns out to be more dull than juicy. Swank seems flat and miscast in the central role of Jeanne.



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A director of contemporary comedies, Charles Shyer makes a genre leap into period costume drama with this lavish epic based on a controversial chapter of French history. Hilary Swank stars as Jeanne de la Motte Valois, a countess whose royal title has been stripped from her family by the crown in late 18th century. Determined to restore her good name and privilege, Jeanne schemes politically and sexually with a trio of co-conspirators that includes her gigolo lover, Retaux de Villette (Simon


Drama, Romance

John Sweet

Jun 25, 2002

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All Critics (71) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (52) | DVD (15)

Jeanne is no fun at all.

October 2, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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A cheap bauble of a flick.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The film has a desperate, disjointed feel that suggests the filmmakers realized it wasn't working and kept trying, ineffectually, to fix it.

February 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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The entire film seems a series of disjointed pieces, a screenful of iron filings waiting in vain for the magnet that will line them up in a unified field.

December 26, 2001
Boston Globe
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Shyer's film denies us the double dip of vice and virtue. It's moralistic.

December 25, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Much of the dramatic juice and intrigue have been drained out of this old-fashioned costume drama, that in the hands of director Charles Shyer and actress Hilary Swank becomes stiff, stuffy, and banal affair.

December 1, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Swank's honest mistake is in trying to be worthy of a project that's beneath her.

February 1, 2005 Full Review Source:

I felt as if I was at an Yves St. Laurent fashion show and the actors were modeling the latest in 18th-century fashions.

January 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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... takes a fascinating footnote and reduces it to a mediocre and fitfully entertaining film.

August 5, 2002 Full Review

A crass, often ridiculously misguided period drama that spells everything out in nice, big block letters so even a small child could comprehend it.

June 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

The kind of movie made bearable only by uttering snide comments to a friend.

February 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

An impressive achievement on the part of the writer, John Sweet, as well as the director, Charles Shyer.

January 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline

While director Charles Shyer ... may have succeeded in creating an appropriate environment for all this skulduggery, he does so at the expense of coherent storytelling and drama.

January 10, 2002 Full Review Source:

The psychology is muddled, the badinage is bad and the acting is inadequate.

January 3, 2002 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It is a pleasant, but forgettable film, worth seeing for the tale itself and for Baker's and Price's performances.

December 30, 2001 Full Review

Watching it is rather like strolling through an overstuffed museum exhibit in the company of a dry-as-dust, long-winded guide constantly chattering into your ear.

December 28, 2001 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Valois has the potential to be a great character -- a woman who refuses to stay in her socially prescribed feminine role, but Swank instead highlights her passive characteristics and domestic longings.

December 28, 2001 Full Review Source: PopMatters

A general air of petulance and decadence fails to give the piece much resonance.

December 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for The Affair of the Necklace

Decent movie. Good cast. Apparently based on true-ish events, but much was added for theatrical purposes, I would think. Hilary Swank is good in everything she does, and this movie is no exception. I knew nothing about this time period, but after watching this film I found myself looking for information. Interesting story, indeed.
December 5, 2011

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It looks so stunning that you (or at least I) can take it seriously or not on whim.
October 1, 2007

Super Reviewer

The only reason I wanted to see this movie was because of Adrien Brody, But the parts he was in weren't worth watching the whole film for. I thought the music was bad especially the song at the beginning credits. The screenplay fails at trying to make you feel anything for the main character except that she is a greedy liar. One star for the Adrien Brody scenes.
March 14, 2010

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