Marie Antoinette (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Lavish imagery and a daring soundtrack set this film apart from most period dramas; in fact, style complete takes precedence over plot and character development in Coppola's vision of the doomed queen.

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Biopic of the beautiful Queen of France who became a symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th century monarchy, and was stripped of her riches and finery, imprisoned and beheaded by her own subjects during the French Revolution that began in 1789.
Rating:
PG-13 (for sexual content, partial nudity and innuendo)
Genre:
Documentary , Drama
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Written By:
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 wide
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Box Office:
$15,962,471.00
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Cast

Asia Argento
as Madame du Barry
Danny Huston
as Joseph
Rip Torn
as King Louis XV
Kirsten Dunst
as Marie Antoinette
Jason Schwartzman
as King Louis XVI
Judy Davis
as Contesse de Noailles
Blair Brown
as Narrator
Molly Shannon
as Aunt Victoire
Steve Coogan
as Ambassador Mercy
Rose Byrne
as Duchesse de Polignac
Shirley Henderson
as Aunt Sophie
Marianne Faithfull
as Empress Maria Teresa
Aurore Clement
as Duchesse de Char
Mathieu Amalric
as Man at Masked Ball
Sarah Adler
as Comtesse d'Artois
Tom Hardy
as Raumont
James Lance
as Leonard
Jean-Christophe Bouvet
as Duc de Choiseul
Céline Sallette
as Lady in Waiting No. 2
Gaëlle Bona
as Girl at Petit Trianon
Sebastian Armesto
as Comte de Provence
Carlo Brandt
as Palace Gardener
Scali Delpeyrat
as Doctor Delivery M-A
Raphael Neal
as Garden Page
Jean-Marc Stehle
as Doctor Lassonne
John Arnold
as Minister of Finances
Joe Sheridan
as Catty Courtier
Al Weaver
as Comte d'Artois
Phoenix
as Petit Trianon Musicians
Joseph Malerba
as Queen's Guard
Mary Nighy
as Princesse Lamballe
Francis Leplay
as Doctor Delivery Provence
Clémentine Poidatz
as Comtesse de Provence
André Oumansky
as Cardinal de la Roche Aymon
Fabrice Scott
as King's Messenger
Jamie Dornan
as Count Fersen
Katrine Boorman
as The English Duchess
Alexia Landeau
as Comtesse de la Londe
Alain Doutey
as Chief Valet
Paul Jasmin
as Baron Jasmin
William Doherty
as Councilman
John P. Arnold
as Minister of Finances
Clara Brajman
as Austrian Girlfriend No. 1
Mélodie Berenfeld
as Austrian Girlfriend No. 2
lo Bottoms
as Lady-in-Waiting
Jean-Paul Scarpitta
as Baron Scarpitta
Camille Miceli
as Grand Chambellan
Paul Fortune
as Duc Fortune
Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni
as Comtesse de Cavazzoni
Lauriane Mascaro
as Marie Therese-2 years
Florrie Betts
as Marie Therese-6 years
Jago Betts
as Dauphin-2 years
Axel Küng
as Dauphin 2 Years
Driss Hugo-Kalff
as Dauphin-2 years
Io Bottoms
as Lady in Waiting No. 1
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Critic Reviews for Marie Antoinette

All Critics (179) | Top Critics (48)

Stunningly original...The masterstroke of Marie Antoinette is how Coppola connects the social order to sexual servitude.

November 22, 2006
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

It's very pretty and occasionally amusing but also dreadfully dull for long, long stretches.

October 25, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

It's history written with truffles.

October 20, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

The director squanders a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to film on the grounds and inside the Palace of Versailles. It's the trappings we get, in richly reproduced costumes and all-over gilt furniture, at the expense of any substance.

Full Review… | October 20, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Little happens for much of Marie Antoinette, but Coppola is a visual storyteller, and with her first big canvas she creates a giddy world at Versailles in color and light.

Full Review… | October 20, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Coppola's queen experiences no inner transformation or redemption because, in this telling, she's in no need of it. She's cool to begin with.

Full Review… | October 20, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Marie Antoinette

½

Dunst brings flair to her performance. Of course, the costumes and scenery are spectacular. The drama itself was a little lacking.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

I upped my rating by a full star after giving this a second watch. By many standards, this is a decent movie: production design, unconventional story, anachronistically perfect soundtrack, beautiful shot composition, and some subtly excellent acting. But by another standard, it's on the long side for what it is, it doesn't really get interesting until the second hour and its ending is preceded by some leaden expositional scenes that remind us we're on the brink of the French Revolution. I also think buried in here is a valuable point about contemporary conceptions of status, celebrity, wealth and the like; Sofia Coppola doesn't seem to show much sympathy for the French royals, and in fact, she gives us the elegantly irreverent Dunst as the title character and shows a clear movement in the character from discomfort to full-blown disdain for the family she married into. On the whole, it's not quite sure what kind of film it's trying to be, though it's got plenty of strong moments and is exquisitely shot. I was wrong about it the first time through: it's not a bad movie, it's just a bad movie for Sofia Coppola. Her work is generally incredible, but I'd call this a bit of a misfire.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

It was not as bad as I expected, but the soundtrack was awful!

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

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