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Vatel Reviews

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David Stratton
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Further proof that all the money and technical expertise in the world are no substitutes for a good screenplay and creative direction.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 1, 2000
David Cornelius
Hollywood Bitchslap

A costume drama with all costume and no drama.

| Original Score: 2/4

April 16, 2002
Dan Jardine
Jacksonville Film Journal

It lacks an understanding of the harmonies and contrasts in the very society he is trying to expose to ridicule.

Full Review Source: Jacksonville Film Journal | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 1, 2001
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Surprisingly tepid.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

December 22, 2000
Jan Stuart
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An improbable, if sumptuous, bore.

Full Review Source: Newsday

December 22, 2000
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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A costume drama with far more costumes than drama.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 25, 2000
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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This putrid dish marks a new low for director Roland Joffe.

| Original Score: 0.5/5

February 16, 2001
Lael Loewenstein
Boxoffice Magazine

As remarkable for its lavish onscreen excesses as it is for its thoroughly uninvolving story.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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Cold and uninvolving.

December 22, 2000
Dave White

For all the brilliant production design that went into this thing, you'd have thought they'd remember to include some warm-blooded characters with expressions on their faces.

Full Review Source: IFilm

December 22, 2000
Dave Kehr

The dialogue (polished by Tom Stoppard, no less) strains for a wit it never achieves.

Full Review Source: Citysearch

December 24, 2000
David Kronke
Los Angeles Daily News

It'll likely earn Oscar consideration for its visual aspects, but no one will probably remember anything else about it.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News

December 25, 2000
Paul Tatara
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It's just deadly, deadly dull.

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January 10, 2001
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

A completely unnecessary movie.

January 11, 2001
David Noh
Film Journal International

For all the opulence, there's a distinct overall glumness in tone.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 7, 2001
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

Joffe's extravaganza is a hollow, if pretty, shell.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies

February 23, 2001

May be opulent, but it's not deep.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 2/5

March 5, 2001
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It's too turgid with its own upholstered pomp.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 26, 2002
Michael Dequina

Period costume dramas are always expected to offer opulent pageantry, but in the case of Vatel, that's all there is.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

December 8, 2002
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

July 6, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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August 9, 2002
David Sterritt
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 4, 2001

Time Out
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January 26, 2006
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