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Monsieur N. Reviews

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

The mystery is intriguing, but the film never sorts fact from fiction, adding romantic complications that don't draws us in and filling scenes with wordy but irrelevant nonsense.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 29, 2003
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Screenwriter Rene Manzor weaves a tangled web of speculation, but de Caunes, following his vampire feature debut Love Bites, has no clue how to dramatize this intrigue.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 21, 2005
Jay Antani
Filmcritic.com

a disaster

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 8, 2005
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Pretentious and melodramatic.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 21, 2005
Jamie Russell
BBC.com

A turgid mystery thriller.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 2/5

April 20, 2004
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Unfortunately, that same suspense -- Poisoned wine! Secret pacts! Doppelgangers! -- is sometimes a little too stiff, making Monsieur N. play at times like a second-tier Agatha Christie mystery.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 14, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Though at over two hours the movie is too long and too slow, de Caunes sustains a sense of mystery and ambiguity to the end of what is both a satisfying character study and a stately quasi-thriller for amateur historians.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 10, 2005
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

Full Review Source: Movie Gazette | Original Score: 8/10

April 24, 2004
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Monsieur N, Antoine de Caunes's densely plotted costume drama, suggests that Napoleon's demise might have been an elaborate hoax through which he escaped into anonymity.

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

January 20, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This richly produced tale of the last years of the famous 19th-century conqueror has a certain captivating quality about it.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 7, 2005
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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With some excellent staging, fine cinematography and first-rate acting, the film largely overcomes the awe it demonstrates for its principal character and succeeds in creating a mystery where perhaps there is none.

May 4, 2004
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

'Monsieur N.' is fine old-time cinema.

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March 1, 2004
Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
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As modest conspiracy-mongering, the movie is perfectly robust, earning its dramatic impact from its classical sense of intrigue and Philippe Torreton's testy performance in the title role.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 25, 2005
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Handsomely designed and photographed, impeccably played, and both satisfyingly complex and ingeniously plausible.

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

May 14, 2004
Lisa Nesselson
Variety
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Dramatically dense, neatly thesped and visually involving.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 20, 2005
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Even when the script takes a turn for the chatty, there's always something pretty to look at.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/5

January 21, 2005
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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A film of polished ensemble performances, burnished period interiors and fine landscapes, but it's a little bloodless.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 10, 2005
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

de Caunes has mounted a handsome production, [but] the film's "surprises" are inherently predictable...

March 24, 2005
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

Exile is a complicated business for Napoleon Bonaparte.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

April 8, 2005
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Casting, acting, production values, scripting and pacing all make for grand entertainment for discriminating filmgoers.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Jason Ferguson
Orlando Weekly
April 19, 2007

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September 26, 2005
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