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Queen Margot (La Reine Margot)

Queen Margot (La Reine Margot) (1994)



Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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The historical novel by Alexandre Dumas was adapted for the screen with this lavish French epic, winner of 5 Césars and a pair of awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Isabelle Adjani stars as Marguerite de Valois, better known as Margot, daughter of scheming Catholic power player Catherine de Medici (Virna Lisi). Margot is an heiress to the throne during the late 16th century reign of the neurotic, hypochondriac King Charles IX (Jean-Hugues Anglade), a time when Protestants and Catholics are

Jul 1, 2003


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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (6) | DVD (2)

A model of heaving, combustible history, in which period lavishness and performance energy aren't mutually exclusive.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Death seems to linger in every inch of the frame, yet the film lives and breathes like few others.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Though Queen Margot's sound, sets, costumes, and camerawork collectively stun, Chéreau prioritized his actors, and he gave his ensemble ample freedom to perform.

May 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Among its many other accomplishments, 'Queen Margot' deserves a special prize for its inventive use of poisons - one receives "death by book."

May 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro

will linger in memory long afterwards

January 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
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Everything's scenery, even the story.

July 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Lively as spectacle shot at authentic locales.

June 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Serving as opening night of the 1994 Cannes Festival, this bloody account of French royalty divided critics, often along national lines, eliciting debates of French versus Hollywood cinema; good production values help this overlong violent saga.

December 20, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Cinematic Dessert....Very Tasty

November 3, 2005

Tough to sit through, and not really worth all the effort.

April 2, 2005

Lavish and disturbing, if somewhat cold. Adjani is typically solid.

June 7, 2003
Nitrate Online

How do I start in describing this disaster of a movie?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

The movie is a jumbled mess that never really comes alive, and in the end may feel like something of an endurance test.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Queen Margot (La Reine Margot)

This film should be considered a classic, but instead, I'm afraid, it's considered completely underwatched, underappreciated, and underrated, and it's deserving of so much more!
November 10, 2007

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Historical drama of epic proportions, sumptuous yet gritty, held together by fine performances from Isabelle Adjani, maidenly, distant, yet passionate and Virna Lisi as the villainous Catherine de Medici. Labyrinthine yet compellingly flamboyant.
February 11, 2009
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