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Farewell, My Queen Reviews

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

It should be retitled; 'Sidonie, Marie Antoinette's just not that into you.'

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 21, 2013
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

A mood of melancholy and the film is beautifully lit and shot. But there's something missing in the telling and its often disjointed structure mitigates against the emotional satisfaction we are seeking

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

June 1, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Jacquot's lavish décor and costumes are like the perfume the women use instead of bathing: They may cover up the willful carelessness at the center of the project, but it's still there.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

July 13, 2012
Justin Chang
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A well-observed but emotionally muted costume drama.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 9, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Farewell, My Queen was shot in Versailles, but its flat schematism only highlights that the backdrops had a better story to tell.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

July 11, 2012
Stephanie Zacharek

The experience of watching it is something like lounging on a satin divan, being fanned lazily with a bouquet of ostrich plumes.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 6/10

July 12, 2012
Roger Smith
FILMINK (Australia)

Farewell, My Queen is a knife-edge drama that steadily builds tension that at times becomes as unbearably tense as the relationship between the three leading ladies.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

February 7, 2014
Chris Stuckmann

Beniot Jacquot [...] compliments immersive storytelling with a cast full of painstakingly authentic performances.

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2012
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week

By the time Seydoux realizes what's in store for her and her queen, we're almost as surprised as she is.

Full Review Source: Willamette Week | Original Score: B+

January 9, 2013
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

It's kind of the Rosencrantz and Gulidenstern Are Dead approach to history, observing it from the perspective of a "minor character", and it works ... it's a fascinating glimpse of a moment in history from, essentially, a safe bystander.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 5, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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Jacquot takes a refreshingly understated approach to costume drama, avoiding historical generalizations to focus on the particulars of palace life and the psychological states of individual characters.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 19, 2012
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine

Control is the operative element in Benoît Jacquot's work, with the main caveat being that when someone has it, someone else does not.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 9, 2012
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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The foreboding and chaos contrast neatly with the lavish costumes and sets.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 26, 2012
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

While it does not hang together as a whole, Farewell, My Queen is still an interesting and engaging film that should be overall commended for what it does achieve.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 6, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

History doesn't let us feel much sympathy for Marie Antoinette. But "Farewell, My Queen" almost has us rooting for her and those who love her by its finale.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2013
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Benoit Jacquot's engrossing film tells a story we know well, seen from a point of view we may not have considered.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 19, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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It's a strangely unsatisfying combination of bloodless observations and unresolved sexuality. But Diane Kruger's queen, a mature beauty mourning the loss of her youth, is a vivid portrait of willfulness, childishness and genuine neediness.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

July 13, 2012
Simon Foster

The complex triangle at the dark heart of his film, set against the surging social change of a nation, makes for both a superb historical epic and a compelling human drama.

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January 20, 2013
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

As a portrait of a world ending, it's frequently compelling stuff.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 6, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Filmmaker Jacquot has always had a knack for directing actresses, and both Seydoux and Kruger luxuriate in the end-of-an-era-ness.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 2, 2012
Mark Jenkins
January 22, 2013
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