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The Princess Of Montpensier Reviews

David Jenkins
Time Out
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Functions swimmingly as an ambiguous study of wrongly diverted passions.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

July 6, 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
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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Swords cross, blood spurts and bosoms heave in The Princess of Montpensier, French director Bertrand Tavernier's thoroughly ravishing drama.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

June 3, 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
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 19, 2011
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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A stylish reminder of a bygone time when historical epics were very much a part of mainstream filmmaking.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

May 6, 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
Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
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"The Princess of Montpensier'' features sumptuous costumes, grand vistas and swooning emotions, but it's much too clear-eyed to be a romance.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 29, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"The Princess of Montpensier" tells a fairly domestic story, albeit one involving high stakes and exalted people, major players in the ruling Catholic government.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

April 28, 2011
David Denby
New Yorker
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Though the movie is often powerful and sexy, it's also opaque at its center.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

April 25, 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
Leslie Felperin
Variety
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Like its heroine, helmer Bertrand Tavernier's visitation to 16th-century France has both beauty and brains, and offers a portrait of renaissance life leagues more accurate than the most historical epics.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 22, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Tavernier creates a world where sex rules human relations, greed shapes history and romantic impulses are as fleeting as the weather.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 21, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Tavernier, who likes to film in long tracking shots even in tight, enclosed spaces, is adept at staging both battle scenes and courtly shenanigans, and he wisely keeps this period film within its own antiquated confines.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

April 15, 2011
Jeannette Catsoulis
NPR
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Long on temptation and larded with violence, Princess gazes on its reckless heroine with avuncular fondness.

Full Review Source: NPR

April 15, 2011
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Epic and intimate, historical and contemporary, moving and thought-provoking.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 15, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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The cast and crew render every detail so exquisitely that there's almost too much take in at once. Repeat viewings will be required.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

April 15, 2011
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Viewers unfamiliar with the politics of the era might feel lost as the plot unfolds, and the 139-minute running time might be a bit much. But why quibble?

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 15, 2011
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Tavernier deploys some smart ideas in this film, a period story about wars on the battlefield and those closer to home, but there's something a bit goatish in his attention to some female charms.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 14, 2011
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Sometimes veteran directors make slower, more deliberate films as they get older, but there's nothing draggy about Bertrand Tavernier's historical drama The Princess Of Montpensier.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

April 14, 2011
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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Ruthlessly typical, "The Princess of Montpensier" plays out like an episode of "Beverly Hills 90210".

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: D

April 14, 2011
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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The finest Western you'll see this year is set in aristocratic 16th-century France, in the heat of Counter-Reformation.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 12, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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[A] striking wide-screen costume drama.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

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