Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen) Reviews

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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
June 30, 2006
Desplechin's big, bold, iconoclastic feature Rois et Reine is a disconcerting film that can turn your head at the oddest moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
June 30, 2006
Funny, absurd, often mocking itself and always quoting cultural history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 29, 2005
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 | Original Score: A
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 27, 2005
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 26, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 18, 2005
Kings and Queen, full of passion and humor, madness and grief, is close to a masterpiece.
| Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 18, 2005
Kings and Queen is at times compelling, at times devastating, and at times long-winded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 24, 2005
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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 24, 2005
[Desplechin] gives these characters the time to develop, to display their nuances, to establish their relationships with each other, to talk out their destinies.
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Time Out
June 9, 2005
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
June 3, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 3, 2005
A richly observed study of the sticky complexities of family dynamics.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 27, 2005
The movie, directed by Arnaud Desplechin and written by him with Roger Bohbot, begins as such a straightforward portrait of ordinary life that it's unsettling to find layer after layer of reality peeled away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 26, 2005
Kings and Queen is a marvelously textured and civilized study of two tormented souls finding redemption not in each other, but in themselves and in other people.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 20, 2005
The film is a soap opera that through layering and texture is made into something rich, strange, and unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
May 19, 2005
Category-defying film that's as smart and emotionally resonant as it is entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 19, 2005
Contemporary and specific ... but the melodramas also play out on a universal plane, like the lives of the gods.
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Deborah Young
Variety
May 19, 2005
This enjoyable French pic welds together drama, melodrama and comedy in a blend with potentially strong European audience appeal.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 19, 2005
By tempering the mania and offsetting the edginess of the deeply imperfect characters in this ambitiously free-form film, Desplechin offers that most old-form of balms -- compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Edelstein
NPR's Fresh Air
May 13, 2005
An emotional jigsaw that will keep you engrossed for days, maybe years.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 13, 2005
Arnaud Desplechin's sprawling drama exudes a go-for-broke determination that is frustrating and exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 13, 2005
Devos, as Nora, does much to hold it all together with a layered performance. Almaric has powerful moments as well, notably in a climactic rambling monologue about life he delivers to the boy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
May 11, 2005
This movie, however incomplete and frustrating, is also fully alive and extraordinarily intelligent.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
May 10, 2005
It's terrific filmmaking.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 6, 2004
A welter of narrative complication and piercing drama shot through with a rich vein of absurdist humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5