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Farewell, My Queen Reviews

Miami Herald
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Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

January 22, 2013
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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Jacquot has chosen wisely in casting Léa Seydoux in the key role of Sidonie, whose luminous but watchful eyes suggest a soul wise beyond her years.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 24, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Farewell, My Queen" is a layer cake of royal pleasures, rote protocols and revolutionary politics. For skeptics who thought this story had grown stale, let them eat their words.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 10, 2012
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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The details of the plot are unimportant: that is the main point made by the skillful director, Benoît Jacquot. It is the slowness with which they realize what is happening that fascinates.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

August 8, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Although it was shot at Versailles, and its actors are dressed to the 18th-century nines, Farewell, My Queen has a loose, reportorial intimacy about it.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

August 2, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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As we follow her through the monarchy's abrupt collapse, "Farewell, My Queen" gives us intimate, unflaggingly energetic history as seen from the servants' quarters.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 27, 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
John Anderson
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We know what will happen, of course, but Jacquot still manages to create tension, as well as a semi-soap opera, among the let-them-cake-eaters of post-Enlightenment France.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

July 26, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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"Farewell, My Queen" is worth a look simply for its look.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 26, 2012
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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The guillotine's blade is, as yet, nowhere to be heard. But you can feel Jacquot's pleasure is slicing and dicing this material in novel ways.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 26, 2012
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
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
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Just in time for Bastille Day! -- this is a nice corrective to the new-wave madness of Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette."

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

July 13, 2012
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
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Matching the strength of these actresses and their personal drama is the film's masterful sense of time and place - the way it makes us feel that this was how it was during four pivotal days in July 1789 as the wheels came off the French monarchy.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 12, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Deftly captures the sense of impending revolution from within the mirrored halls of Versailles.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

July 12, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Benoît Jacquot's tense, absorbing, pleasurably original look at three days in the life and lies of a doomed monarch ...

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 12, 2012
Mark Jenkins
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Farewell, My Queen has some routine period-drama moments, but at its boldest it foretells a time when a single girl can be a free woman.

Full Review Source: NPR

July 12, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Think of it as eating a rather rich piece of cake - even if the real Marie Antoinette never actually did suggest anything of the kind.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

July 12, 2012
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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It stays on the surface, but at least that surface is gorgeous.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

July 12, 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
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Jacquot ... turns his audience into Peeping Toms, limiting our views of Her Majesty and her entourage in accordance with where Sidonie happens to be at a given moment.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

July 10, 2012
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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The pleasure of Jacquot's film is in watching various strains of discreet, heated, and deluded passionate attachment performed.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 10, 2012
Justin Chang
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A well-observed but emotionally muted costume drama.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 9, 2012
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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Jacquot gazes avidly at this closed-in world of women; if his camera pressed any closer to them, it would be subcutaneous.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 2, 2012
Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
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Jacquot injects a welcome shot of immediacy into the costume drama proceedings with an off-center vantage point and dynamic camerawork.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

June 11, 2012
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
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Historical drama set in the early days of the French revolution is intelligent Euro eye candy at its most lavish.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

February 10, 2012
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