Madame Bovary Reviews
May 29, 2018
Unfortunately, her leading men can never match Huppert. Balmer is nearly as absurd as M. Hulot. Christophe Malavoy is all floppily dashing hair and country squire costumes as Rodolphe, and Lucas Belvaux is hopelessly callow and not at all sensual as Leon.
November 14, 2017
Part of the problem is that the book is full of somehow lacerating details, which a loving director must reproduce but can't help transforming into their opposites: there's no such thing as a dull antique.
May 5, 2010
Chabrol's ostensibly placid version of Madame Bovary invests Flaubert's portrait of stifled womanhood with unmistakable flintiness. It chafes against the beautiful images with perfect irony.
December 22, 2008
The beautiful Isabelle Huppert never quite catches the Flaubert vibe.
July 12, 2003
Treating this 19th century novel with tender loving care and just the right emphasis, director Claude Chabrol has made it speak to our times.