Vatel Reviews

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Alex Ramirez
February 20, 2005
Una cinta digna de verse, y visualmente deliciosa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
September 23, 2002
The richest and most intriguing portrait of period piece duty and subjugated happiness since The Remains of the Day.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Christopher Null
August 12, 2001
Decadence befitting a dozen kings
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 25, 2000
A landmark in world cinema not merely for sheer grandeur but also attention to dense authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
December 22, 2000
A banquet for the eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 22, 2000
An absolute triumph of costume and production design.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
Impeccably directed.
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Richard T. Jameson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Vatel is not only pâté and truffles to the eyes but a bracingly Olympian analysis of how history happens.
Susan Granger
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 1, 2000
The melancholy finale also has a very contemporary ring: Those unwilling to be the pawns of the rich find themselves forced to make chilling decisions.

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
July 6, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5

Film Threat
January 12, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
December 8, 2002
Period costume dramas are always expected to offer opulent pageantry, but in the case of Vatel, that's all there is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
It's too turgid with its own upholstered pomp.
David Cornelius
Hollywood Bitchslap
April 16, 2002
A costume drama with all costume and no drama.
| Original Score: 2/4
Dan Jardine
Jacksonville Film Journal
October 1, 2001
It lacks an understanding of the harmonies and contrasts in the very society he is trying to expose to ridicule.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 5, 2001
May be opulent, but it's not deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
February 23, 2001
Joffe's extravaganza is a hollow, if pretty, shell.
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 16, 2001
This putrid dish marks a new low for director Roland Joffe.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
David Sterritt
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 4, 2001
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