Monsieur N. Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 14, 2005
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.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 7, 2005
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
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 10, 2005
A film of polished ensemble performances, burnished period interiors and fine landscapes, but it's a little bloodless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 10, 2005
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.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
January 25, 2005
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.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 21, 2005
Pretentious and melodramatic.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 21, 2005
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
January 20, 2005
Dramatically dense, neatly thesped and visually involving.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 20, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
May 4, 2004
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.