Joueuse (Queen to Play) Reviews

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Top Critic
April 1, 2011
Relaxed and goofy in Dave, A Fish Called Wanda and a host of other comedies, Kevin Kline has an endearing way of subverting his own grandee impulses when he's being funny. Give the actor a dramatic role, though, and he comes on all Shakespeare in the Park.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
March 27, 2011
Misrepresents the difficulties of women with no semi-marketable talents at freeing themselves from their own domestic grind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Schager
Time Out
March 29, 2011
[Its intriguing] notions are drowned out by deafeningly creaky conventions of cutesy self-discovery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 5, 2011
If you've been dying to see Kevin Kline in his first French-speaking role or Jennifer Beals in her first chess-playing one, here it is. Your move.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com
March 31, 2011
a fanciful arthouse Cinderella story with a pushy contemporary message and a cerebral context
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
April 8, 2011
Within the first 15 minutes of the film, the viewer knows exactly where the plot is going - and, not surprisingly, it is a monotonous trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
April 11, 2011
Chess as romance could go places but there are not enough moves here for a full game.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
May 5, 2011
A torpid story of a femme familiarizing herself with pawns and rooks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 30, 2011
Strictly recommended for people who can stand and happily watch chess players in the park for hours.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 31, 2011
Bottaro adapted her screenplay from a novel by Bertina Henrichs, and though the premise is original, the trajectory of the plot feels pretty second-hand.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Barbara Goslawski
Boxoffice Magazine
April 15, 2011
What could have been an intense tour de force becomes a dry rehashing of the story of a woman's determination to rise above her station.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 26, 2011
Dull hokum.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects
June 2, 2014
'Queen to Play' is a humble achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 20, 2011
Kevin Kline's talent often makes acting look easy, and this time, just to show off, he does it in French.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 5, 2011
What I enjoyed was the way the film summons up the pure obsessive passion that chess stirs in some people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 6, 2011
The miraculous Sandrine Bonnaire, with help from the dependable Kevin Kline, transforms a routine heartwarmer scenario into a thing of beauty.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 27, 2011
It's a little character study that really sneaks up on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 1, 2011
There isn't much more than that, except two masterful turns by Kline and Bonnaire and an appreciation for how games of strategy are bigger than the boards they're played on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
May 13, 2011
Perhaps the only film in which a board game leads to a woman's happiness.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 31, 2011
An elegant and inspiring French drama about a chambermaid who follows her passion for chess and finds her life transformed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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