Vatel Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
It's too turgid with its own upholstered pomp.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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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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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 10, 2001
It's just deadly, deadly dull.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
December 25, 2000
A costume drama with far more costumes than drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 22, 2000
An improbable, if sumptuous, bore.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 22, 2000
Surprisingly tepid.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
December 22, 2000
Cold and uninvolving.
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David Stratton
Variety
January 1, 2000
Further proof that all the money and technical expertise in the world are no substitutes for a good screenplay and creative direction.
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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.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
Impeccably directed.