Critic Consensus: Formally familiar but a brilliant match for its lead, Colette is a thoroughly entertaining biopic and an overdue testament to Keira Knightley's underrated gifts.
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There's more going on in Colette than tame hagiography; the results are happily vibrant, even if the sexual inequities depicted remain grimly pertinent.
This isn't Oscar-worthy material but it's the kind of solid art house motion picture that was popular during the 1990s and whose occasional reappearance in the 2010s is always welcome.
Cinematographer Giles Nuttgens' use of highly-reflective surfaces is a revelation, and Thomas Adès' lush score hits a melodramatic high note.
Westmoreland keeps the material from becoming melodramatic or overwrought, although he often relies on the overactive score to ratchet up the dramatic tension from which he tends to shy away.
Here's a movie with Keira Knightley that really does merit the sequel treatment.
Audience Reviews for Colette
The #MoiAussi movement chronicled in the first half of her life as the Claudine ghostwriter. This role is right in KK's wheelhouse and she embraces it. Interesting but not inspirational. Tomlinson emotes an embarrassing Blanche DuBois voice and an overstuffed farting Dominic West is amusing. (10-13-18)
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