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Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen) Reviews

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

a complex, character-driven film that never allows its themes - madness, love, coming of age - to become reducible to pat formulae, or over-sentimentalisation.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

July 10, 2007
Erica Abeel
Film Journal International

Its novelistic breadth, pitched intensity and on-the-fly shooting style pull the viewer smack-dab into the middle of these lives.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
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Desplechin's big, bold, iconoclastic feature Rois et Reine is a disconcerting film that can turn your head at the oddest moments.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

June 30, 2006
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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Funny, absurd, often mocking itself and always quoting cultural history.

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

June 30, 2006

Empire Magazine

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 1, 2006
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[M]ixes with aplomb equal measures of intellectual screwball comedy and dark metaphysical tragedy, though part of the joke may be that one often can't tell which is which...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

January 3, 2006
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com

the film proves, at the very least, that Desplechin is a director that garners due attention

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 2, 2005
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

This is a first-rate melo-dramedy under the influence of director Arnaud Desplechin.

| Original Score: 3/4

December 2, 2005
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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While these characters' lives are melodramatic, individual scenes burst with kinetic energy from fast editing and an script that deftly underscores the destructive nature of male-female relationships.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: A

October 29, 2005
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Great filmmaking and, as does not always follow, a great film.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 4, 2005
Shawn Levy
Oregonian

It is well-acted and written with a rigorous effort to skirt cliche, and it has the savor of real life throughout.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

September 16, 2005
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Heroic and absurdist...

| Original Score: '3.5/4'

September 2, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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There's a looseness to the camera work and storytelling that's appealingly breezy: This film feels, for better or worse, like real life.

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

August 26, 2005
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

His scenes ripple with undercurrents of awkward emotions... creating a film both devastating and uplifting, but he passes no judgments.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: A

August 25, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Kings and Queen, full of passion and humor, madness and grief, is close to a masterpiece.

| Original Score: 4/4

August 18, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Kings and Queen is at times compelling, at times devastating, and at times long-winded.

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

August 18, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Both leisurely and breathtakingly immediate.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: A-

July 5, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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It's a puzzle of a film, but not the kind that intimidates you with inscrutability so much as one that beckons you into its antic eccentricity.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

June 24, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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[Desplechin] gives these characters the time to develop, to display their nuances, to establish their relationships with each other, to talk out their destinies.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

June 24, 2005
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film is delectable and keeps you eager to see what's served next, but also is ridiculously rich, overly long and difficult to digest. Still, it's a feast you won't want to miss.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 3, 2005

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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AV Club
September 26, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 27, 2005

Time Out
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June 9, 2005

Boston Phoenix
May 21, 2005
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