Marie Antoinette 2006

Marie Antoinette

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

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An Austrian teenager (Kirsten Dunst) marries the Dauphin (Jason Schwartzman) of France and becomes that country's queen following the death of King Louis XV (Judy Davis) in 1774. Years later, after a life of luxury and privilege, Marie Antoinette loses her head during the French Revolution.

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Kirsten Dunst
Marie Antoinette
Judy Davis
Comtesse de Noailles
Rip Torn
Louis XV
Rose Byrne
La Duchesse de Polignac
Asia Argento
Madame du Barry
Molly Shannon
Anne Victoire
Ross Katz
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Fred Roos
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Francis Ford Coppola
Executive Producer
Paul Rassam
Executive Producer
Lance Acord
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Sarah Flack
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Critic Reviews for Marie Antoinette

All Critics (215) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (122) | Rotten (93)

  • Whatever the film's structural failings and historical gaps, it's great to see such a distinctive directorial vision coming out of Hollywood.

    April 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Drawn from Antonia Fraser's biography - or riffing on it - this slyly seditious comedy escorts sacred verities of French history and culture to the scaffold.

    April 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Marie Antoinette is about confinement in a gilded cage, and, perversely or not, shows itself far more interested in the cage than in the prisoner.

    April 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Sofia Coppola's giddy, girly and defiantly revisionist Marie Antoinette didn't deserve the reaction it got in Cannes earlier this year.

    April 1, 2019 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • The ultimate failing of Marie Antoinette, fun for all its emptiness, is Coppola's coy eschewal of the queen's public demise.

    February 3, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Sadly, there's no wit here. Once Rip Torn's Louis XV has departed the scene, you can't find an actor able to deliver a line without sounding embarrassed about having to mean it.

    December 29, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Marie Antoinette

  • Jan 17, 2018
    I did not hate this movie. I did not love this movie. To be honest, I knew little of Marie Antoinette (but I googled her after watching the movie, which shed light on the film). Sofia goes more by feel and is more abstract (more a Picasso than a Rembrandt), and wanted the viewer to experience lush excess and excessive material abundance to the point of where everything was sicky-sweet, which was part of Marie Antoinette's world. I also got that among all the cakes and silk and glitter, there was no soul. So we have this summer/winter contrast of rich/lush/sweet against empty/barren/sour. I found her lack of privacy in her dressing her clothes with an audience, and the royal court knowing her sex life interesting and heart-breaking. She had to get rid of her beloved dog. She was only a child! Then her self-absorbed frigid husband who was little comfort to her appears in her life, but wasn't he also practically a child himself? Interesting how he slowly warmed to her as he finally grew up a bit. I think these two children playing prince and princess, then king and queen, had no realization of the world outside their castle, that France was starving. There was no malice, only ignorance that often comes with the stupidity of youth. I did gain insight from this film, perhaps more abstractly.
    Amy A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2016
    This seemed like Sophia Coppola trying to make a Baz Luhrman film. The beginning of the movie is incredibly clunky as far as pacing goes and at least it got a little better about halfway through but even then the film as a whole can't be saved. The only bright spot was Kirsten Dunst acting her heart out to try and save his film from an even worse rating.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2013
    It was not as bad as I expected, but the soundtrack was awful!
    Thomas J Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2013
    Once again, another beautiful, haunting, mesmerizing film from director Sofia Coppola. Like all of her films, it is so easy to fall in love with Marie Antoinette. Coppola has the gift of capturing raw human emotions in the simplest and purest of ways. The film is a feast for the senses--the cinematography is wonderful, the costumes and scenery are splendid, and the music (a modern soundtrack) is a brilliant contrast to the setting of this period piece. Most remarkable--besides Coppola's consistent triumph in creating such wonderful atmospheres with her films--is Marie Antoinette's candid and exquisite application of modern teenage fantasies (romance, recklessness, parties) to this historic tale. Once again, Bravo Coppola! Why can't all filmmakers follow in her footsteps? Every shot is brilliant. Everything is simply beautiful.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer

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