It's too turgid with its own upholstered pomp.
This putrid dish marks a new low for director Roland Joffe.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
It's just deadly, deadly dull.
A costume drama with far more costumes than drama.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
A landmark in world cinema not merely for sheer grandeur but also attention to dense authenticity.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
An improbable, if sumptuous, bore.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Cold and uninvolving.
Further proof that all the money and technical expertise in the world are no substitutes for a good screenplay and creative direction.
Vatel is not only pâté and truffles to the eyes but a bracingly Olympian analysis of how history happens.