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The Princess Of Montpensier (2011)


Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 63
Fresh: 53
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 19
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 6,585


Movie Info

France, 1562. Against a background of the savage Catholic/Protestant wars, Marie de Mézières (Mélanie Thierry), a beautiful young aristocrat, and the rakish Henri de Guise (Gaspard Ulliel), fall in love, but Marie's father has promised her hand in marriage to the Prince of Montpensier (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet). When he is called away to battle, her husband leaves her in the care of Count Chabannes (Lambert Wilson), an aging nobleman with a disdain for warfare. As he experiences his own … More

Drama , Action & Adventure , Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By:
Jean Cosmos , François-Olivier Rousseau
In Theaters:
Oct 11, 2011
Box Office:


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Critic Reviews for The Princess Of Montpensier

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (10)

Functions swimmingly as an ambiguous study of wrongly diverted passions.

Full Review… | July 6, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

An engrossing subplot tracks the older man's chaste devotion to the young man's wife, which Tavernier parallels with his love of Christ; unfortunately the routine love triangle takes up most of the screen time.

Full Review… | June 3, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Swords cross, blood spurts and bosoms heave in The Princess of Montpensier, French director Bertrand Tavernier's thoroughly ravishing drama.

Full Review… | June 3, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

There is more than a trace of ennui in a story that gallops at times and plods along at others.

Full Review… | June 3, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

How can the 16th-century heroine of a movie based on a 17th-century novella feel like such a 21st-century woman - without seeming at all anachronistic? That's the wonder of Bertrand Tavernier's "The Princess of Montpensier.''

Full Review… | May 19, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A stylish reminder of a bygone time when historical epics were very much a part of mainstream filmmaking.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

The twisting narrative is rendered skilfully so that it is easy to follow even as allegiences and alliances shift, and there is plenty of space to revel in the complexity of the characters.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
Eye for Film

Manages to be that rare thing, a thoroughly modern-seeming period film that is confident that the story it's telling is compelling enough so as not to necessitate the addition of torturous contemporary parallels.

Full Review… | July 18, 2011

The swashbuckling Guise, kindly Count, raging Philippe and swaggering Duke make the two-hours-plus runtime fly by.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

It clips along with splendid locations and well-observed costumes and customs, displaying a sensibility and wit that never feel stuffy.

Full Review… | July 10, 2011
Observer [UK]

Everything's scenery, even the story.

Full Review… | July 8, 2011
Daily Telegraph

Both handsomely mounted and, for the most part, rousingly acted out.

Full Review… | July 8, 2011
This is London

It's clear that veteran director Bertrand Tavernier has set out to show the potency and relevance of a classic love story and that period romance is by no means a dead genre. On this evidence, he has a point.

Full Review… | July 8, 2011
Little White Lies

Bertrand Tavernier, in his 70th year, directs with the energy and panache of a much younger man.

Full Review… | July 8, 2011

Engaging and enjoyable French swashbuckler with superb fight sequences, a strong script and terrific performances from its excellent cast, though it does drag a little in the middle section.

Full Review… | July 8, 2011

An intelligent, historical epic with a vigorous modern sweep.

Full Review… | July 8, 2011
Daily Express

It gallops along as elegantly and confidently as the horsemen we see in the opening scene - part bodice-ripper, part patrician soap opera, and part romantic tragedy - albeit a romantic tragedy of no very great resonance or depth.

Full Review… | July 7, 2011

The cross-vibrations between epochs are often felt, like little earth tremors. The acting is terrific.

Full Review… | July 7, 2011
Financial Times

Although a tad too long for its own good, there's enough intrigue - both political and romantic - and dashing swordplay to keep everyone happy.

Full Review… | July 7, 2011
Radio Times

Occasionally sudsy but always watchable, director Bertrand Tavernier's adaptation of Madame de La Fayette's novel wears its two-hours plus running time surprisingly lightly.

Full Review… | July 6, 2011
Sky Movies

It's played pretty straight (though Tavernier allows us a couple of wry laughs) and crucially it maintains the weight of a real drama, as opposed to feeling like a teen romance in a castle (which is essentially what it turns into).

Full Review… | June 25, 2011
Fan The Fire

Robustly acted and dynamically photographed; Tavernier is equally adept at directing intimate encounters as choreographing savage battles, conveying the sense of a society tearing itself apart.

Full Review… | June 20, 2011
Total Film

I was captivated by every costume change and new hair style of the young princess.

Full Review… | June 10, 2011

The production is lavish and impressive, and the costumes are one small part of the meticulous attention to period recreation.

Full Review… | June 3, 2011
Jam! Movies

The movie is intelligently realized, but Tavernier doesn't quite find the passion that drives his characters.

Full Review… | June 3, 2011
NOW Toronto

Audience Reviews for The Princess Of Montpensier


Nice story. Beautifully done. However, it just goes on and on, and has one of those unsatisfying endings...2 1/2hrs is way too long to have to wait for an ending like that. Great costumes and art direction, though.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


For a film which strives for "l'amour", this is a coldly directed and not sweeping enough epic with an irritating protagonist at its center. Quite frankly, one huge bore.

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

Super Reviewer

I guess I am just a sucker for a pretty face. I quite enjoyed this, despite its shortcomings. A tragic story of a woman caught between her duty and her passion, who throws it all over for a man who proved unworthy. It also portrayed her husband as a man consumed by insecurity and jealousy. The battle scenes were brutal, the French countryside bucolic and the court intrigues just subtle enough for this viewer to find himself immersed for the more than two hours that the film ran.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer


In "The Princess of Montpensier," the Count of Chabannes(Lambert Wilson) has finally come to his senses in 1562 to leave all the killing behind in the war between the Catholics and the Huguenots. In trying to return home, he learns the king will not have him because he was on the wrong side and the Huguenots won't have him because he deserted. So, he gets protection from an old friend(Michel Vuillermoz) where he finds a delicate domestic situation. Marie(Melanie Thierry) is horrified at the prospects at marrying Philippe(Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet), instead preferring Henri(Gaspard Ulliel) who she professes her undying love for. Somehow, her mother(Florence Thomassin) talks her down from entering a convent and the marriage goes as planned, while the consumation is another matter entirely.(Well, you try and get it up while everybody is watching.) Chabannes tags along with the couple in his role as tutor before Philippe is drafted into service to the king.

Directed by Bertrand Tavernier, "The Princess of Montpensier" is a handsomely produced and engaging period piece. The strucure is a little odd at first because it starts out focusing on Chabannes before introducing the viewer to a chaotic situation all at once. While he is the most interesting character by far, he is simply an observer to everything else that goes on. And while that might seem as little more than a love triangle where everybody is at fault, it does not detract from the movie since it fits in well with the period, especially mirroring the civil war where nobody can get along with anybody else of a different background, even in an era when order and rank are preeminent and arranged marriages are accepted fact. In fact, the best that can be expected of one is peaceful coexistence and one is proposed in the movie that is very wrong on so many levels. Even with all of that said, an arranged marriage of historical fact is referenced that is intended to unite this war torn country.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

The Princess Of Montpensier Quotes

Marie de Montpensier:
Careful! The old women are watching.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Marie de Montpensier:
It's madness.
Henri de Guise:
Not madness. We gave ourselves to one another.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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