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Marie Antoinette Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 3, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 22, 2006
Stunningly original...The masterstroke of Marie Antoinette is how Coppola connects the social order to sexual servitude.
| Original Score: A-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 25, 2006
It's very pretty and occasionally amusing but also dreadfully dull for long, long stretches.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 21, 2006
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
October 20, 2006
It's history written with truffles.
| Original Score: C
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
October 20, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 20, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 20, 2006
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 20, 2006
With lyrical intelligence and scrappy wit, Coppola creates a luscious world to get lost in. It's a pleasure.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 20, 2006
This is just a lark, a heavy-handed one without the heart of even the bad histories which gave us a Marie who said (as she never did) Let them eat cake.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 20, 2006
Dunst plays Marie Antoinette as if she's seen the future and it's Paris Hilton.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 20, 2006
Instead of turning her inside out, Coppola illustrates just how ordinary she was and how her insular world prevented her from understanding the events that eventually would end her life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 20, 2006
There's not much meat at this banquet, only sweets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 20, 2006
Here's one thing about Marie Antoinette: It sure is easy to watch. And here's another: It's even easier to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 20, 2006
She was born into fabulous wealth and fame. By the time she was a teenager, her name was well-known to both the public and the well-to do. So is it any wonder Sofia Coppola wanted to do a movie about Marie Antoinette?
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 20, 2006
Although it is purposely devoid of substance, it is still devoid of substance.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 20, 2006
By the end, the sad, preposterous emptiness of the court has overtaken the movie and turned it from a potentially intriguing drama into a forlorn, muzzy daydream.
| Original Score: C+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
October 20, 2006
The result is a silly piece of costume jewelry called Marie Antoinette, and no, the soldering of a new-wave-revival soundtrack with 18th-century Versailles is not interesting enough to save this bauble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
October 20, 2006
The movie ends as it started, with Marie in a carriage, unaware of the fate we know awaits her. It's the last in a long line of things the movie neither shows or tells us.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 20, 2006
Every criticism I have read of this film would alter is fragile magic and reduce its romantic and tragic poignancy to the level of an instructional film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 20, 2006
Given Coppola's fashion-first approach, it's a miracle the film doesn't feel more like a long perfume ad. But the movie has atmosphere, beauty, spirit, and exquisite production design, photography, and editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 19, 2006
Though Dunst looks the part and stunningly carries off foot-high powdered wigs and lavish costumes, her flat affect and simpering voice don't conjure up the requisite sense of arrogant power, corruption and narcissism.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
October 19, 2006
Marie Antoinette, which was shot at Versailles, looks absolutely sumptuous, but is, ultimately as substantial as a bonbon.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 19, 2006
A largely static, desperately pseudo-hip attempt to reconstruct the events leading up to the French Revolution from the vantage point of a 1980s punk rocker.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
October 19, 2006
A startlingly original and beautiful pop reverie that comes very close to being transcendent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 19, 2006
Coppola's film is a superior achievement, a story as rich and resonant as its protagonist is hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 19, 2006
Just because the film's heroine has nothing to say about politics, revolutionary or otherwise, doesn't justify Coppola being similarly dumbstruck.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 19, 2006
What's surprising is that, by the end, Marie Antoinette, for all its folderol, is quite touching.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 19, 2006
Coppola brilliantly conjures the young queen's insular world, in which she was both isolated and claustrophobically scrutinized. While not celebrating Marie Antoinette's reign, Coppola clearly sympathizes with a girl who was less heedless than naive.
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
October 19, 2006
Insouciant but never cavalier, Coppola's latest effort should prove definitively she's a talent in her own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 19, 2006
The movie falls apart when the peasants storm the palace in 1789, an event completely outside Coppola's frame of reference -- at least until the Cannes premiere.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 19, 2006
The prettiest movie of the year so far, Marie Antoinette is also one of the most thrillingly original.
| Original Score: B
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 19, 2006
Perhaps Marie Antoinette can best be appreciated in the haphazard way you savor a pop song that's about nothing beyond its own expression of energy and flash.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 19, 2006
Coppola's script is comic-book silly ('We're too young to reign'), and she has studded the movie with miscast talent.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 19, 2006
Is it possible to make a film that evokes both Barry Lyndon and National Lampoon's European Vacation? Sofia Coppola has had a decent stab at it.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 18, 2006
This is a movie that never gets to the point, perhaps because it doesn't recognize what the point is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 18, 2006
The work of a mature filmmaker who has identified and developed a new cinematic vocabulary to describe a new breed of post-postpostfeminist woman.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 18, 2006
[Coppola] transports you to a place you've never been, makes you feel a sensation that's familiar, yet leaves you different than you were two hours earlier.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 16, 2006
Dazed and confused, it feels like a teenager's diary, read aloud over some awesome mixtape.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
October 16, 2006
The one, transfixing virtue of Marie Antoinette is its unembarrassed devotion to the superficial. There is no morality at play here, no agony other than boredom, and, until the last half hour, not a shred of political sense.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 13, 2006
A buoyant, passionately sympathetic dream-bio.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 13, 2006
Pouring Coca-Cola in the cabernet, Sofia Coppola's dazzling Marie Antoinette couldn't be more anachronistic if it showed the queen of France saying, 'Let them eat sushi.' Coppola works in weird ways, but the real Versailles was so much weirder.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 12, 2006
Highly theatrical and yet also intimate and informal, Marie Antoinette lets its story slink almost casually through its lovingly composed and rendered images.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 10, 2006
A graceful, charming, and sometimes witty confection -- at least for its first hour.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 9, 2006
This is one of the most immediate, personal costume dramas ever made, and so it's not unseemly to consider how the writer-director and her heroine overlap.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 4, 2006
The overwrought director sees Marie as France's most misunderstood monarch, but provides nary one sane member of the court who misunderstands her.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 27, 2006
Ms. Coppola and her colleagues have also taken an anachronistic approach to her material with an anarchic pop-music score suggesting the complacent spirit of a contemporary spoiled teenager infatuated with the glistening surfaces of her generation.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 26, 2006
Let them have eye candy pretty much sums up Sofia Coppola's approach to her revisionist and modernist take on the famous royal airhead who in the end lost her head.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 25, 2006
The movie slices through the cobwebs of history to seek the heart of the young Austrian princess whom 18th century political diplomacy thrust into a maelstrom of court intrigue and poisoned personal relationships without even asking if she minded.