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The Princess Of Montpensier Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Fleetingly rousing with impressive production values. It's often lackadaisical and contrived with a bland performance by the beautiful, but uncharismatic Mélanie Thierry.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 5.8921/10

April 15, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Pretty, but there's not much going on.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

April 22, 2011
Laremy Legel
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Ruthlessly typical, "The Princess of Montpensier" plays out like an episode of "Beverly Hills 90210".

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D

April 14, 2011
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

The film buries its romance in politics, all but snuffing out the passions that allegedly drive the story.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

April 29, 2011
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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There is more than a trace of ennui in a story that gallops at times and plods along at others.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

June 3, 2011
Jon Frosch
Film Journal International

Veteran French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier tackles a period drama about passion with dismayingly flat and detached results.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 14, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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For all its outbursts, it feels more guided than fiery, more orchestrated than emotional.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

April 22, 2011
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Everything's scenery, even the story.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/5

July 8, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader

June 3, 2011
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

'The Princess of Montpensier' brings nothing new to the same old story, a fight for love and glory.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

April 15, 2011
Dominic Radcliffe
Little White Lies

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 Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

July 8, 2011
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine

Whom you root for in this love pentagon depends on whose attributes you most admire. Smart and spirited, Marie is worthy of their rivalry.

Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine

November 9, 2010
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

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 Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 4/5

June 25, 2011
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

The plotting may be predictable, but the experience is vividly immediate, moving from the intimate to the epic with style and grace.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B+

April 20, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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"The Princess of Montpensier" enters the field of the swashbuckling romance, so littered with our memories of other films, and conquers it with a startling freshness.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 5, 2011
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Bertrand Tavernier relies less on distanciation than his fellow countrymen, while still refusing to normalize the historical setting.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

April 9, 2011
John Ferguson
Radio 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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 7, 2011
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

A potent, intimate romantic epic that satisfies yet frequently exceeds genre expectations.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: A-

April 20, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Amid the recent storm of costumed historical dramas, it's always a pleasure to watch a filmmaker who does it exactly right.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

April 28, 2011
Mayer Nissim
Digital Spy

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

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 4/5

July 14, 2011
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
August 30, 2011
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