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The Affair of the Necklace Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 8, 2015
...what really sinks the film is its script...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
December 1, 2005
Much of the dramatic juice and intrigue have been drained out of this old-fashioned costume drama, that in the hands of director Charles Shyer and actress Hilary Swank becomes stiff, stuffy, and banal affair.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Alan Dale
February 1, 2005
Swank's honest mistake is in trying to be worthy of a project that's beneath her.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 22, 2003
I felt as if I was at an Yves St. Laurent fashion show and the actors were modeling the latest in 18th-century fashions.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 2, 2002
Jeanne is no fun at all.
Ted Murphy
August 5, 2002
... takes a fascinating footnote and reduces it to a mediocre and fitfully entertaining film.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
June 26, 2002
A crass, often ridiculously misguided period drama that spells everything out in nice, big block letters so even a small child could comprehend it.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Top Critic
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
A cheap bauble of a flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
February 15, 2002
The kind of movie made bearable only by uttering snide comments to a friend.
Top Critic
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
February 8, 2002
The film has a desperate, disjointed feel that suggests the filmmakers realized it wasn't working and kept trying, ineffectually, to fix it.
| Original Score: C
Stephen Farber
January 15, 2002
An impressive achievement on the part of the writer, John Sweet, as well as the director, Charles Shyer.
Danny Graydon
January 10, 2002
While director Charles Shyer ... may have succeeded in creating an appropriate environment for all this skulduggery, he does so at the expense of coherent storytelling and drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 3, 2002
The psychology is muddled, the badinage is bad and the acting is inadequate.
December 30, 2001
It is a pleasant, but forgettable film, worth seeing for the tale itself and for Baker's and Price's performances.
Full Review| Original Score: 3
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 28, 2001
Watching it is rather like strolling through an overstuffed museum exhibit in the company of a dry-as-dust, long-winded guide constantly chattering into your ear.
Full Review | Original Score: D
F.L. Carr
December 28, 2001
Valois has the potential to be a great character -- a woman who refuses to stay in her socially prescribed feminine role, but Swank instead highlights her passive characteristics and domestic longings.
Top Critic
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
December 26, 2001
The entire film seems a series of disjointed pieces, a screenful of iron filings waiting in vain for the magnet that will line them up in a unified field.
Top Critic
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 25, 2001
Shyer's film denies us the double dip of vice and virtue. It's moralistic.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 25, 2001
A general air of petulance and decadence fails to give the piece much resonance.
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 25, 2001
The storytelling is hopelessly compromised by the movie's decision to sympathize with Jeanne.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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