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Roger Smith
FILMINK (Australia)
February 7, 2014
Farewell, My Queen is a knife-edge drama that steadily builds tension that at times becomes as unbearably tense as the relationship between the three leading ladies.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 24, 2014
Sidonie is a character who literally eavesdrops on history, becoming the audience's first-person yet second-hand source for such significant events as the storming of the Bastille...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kristin M. Jones
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013
His portrait loses some of its eerie power through the ugly twist at the film's conclusion, but she remains a fascinating enigma, and touchingly human.
June 28, 2013
Like the Americans, the French are infatuated with their history. They also love long close-ups of beautiful women in period costume. These elements combine in this painfully pretty period chamber piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Alice Tynan
Limelight
June 6, 2013
It is the life of Versailles that Jacquot captures: all the petty politics, positioning and preening. And that is simply a glorious sight to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
June 6, 2013
While it does not hang together as a whole, Farewell, My Queen is still an interesting and engaging film that should be overall commended for what it does achieve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
June 5, 2013
It's kind of the Rosencrantz and Gulidenstern Are Dead approach to history, observing it from the perspective of a "minor character", and it works ... it's a fascinating glimpse of a moment in history from, essentially, a safe bystander.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
June 3, 2013
A strangely mixed film, sliding from intimate scenes of royal indolence to muted panic in candlelit corridors, a distinct undercurrent of detached uncertainty always present in both story and style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
June 1, 2013
Visually sumptuous, this French Spanish co-production about the last days of Marie Antoinette is a far cry from Sofia Coppola's 2006 lollypop version
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic

Miami Herald
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
January 20, 2013
The complex triangle at the dark heart of his film, set against the surging social change of a nation, makes for both a superb historical epic and a compelling human drama.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 15, 2013
The film shows both sides of the social spectrum within the court akin to "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey," but with bloodthirsty rabble at the door.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 14, 2013
Jacquot masterfully gets across the politics, jealousies and jockeying of court life...and Romain Winding has achieved the beautiful look of natural lighting in lush interiors and shadowy corridors with the director's first foray into digital filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week
January 9, 2013
By the time Seydoux realizes what's in store for her and her queen, we're almost as surprised as she is.
| Original Score: B+
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 1, 2013
History doesn't let us feel much sympathy for Marie Antoinette. But "Farewell, My Queen" almost has us rooting for her and those who love her by its finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
October 20, 2012
An urgent look at the fall of Versailles
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 27, 2012
It was a very pleasant surprise to find that this was far from your average Marie Antoinette biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 6, 2012
As a portrait of a world ending, it's frequently compelling stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
August 24, 2012
Jacquot has chosen wisely in casting Léa Seydoux in the key role of Sidonie, whose luminous but watchful eyes suggest a soul wise beyond her years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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