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Joueuse (Queen to Play) Reviews

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June 2, 2014
'Queen to Play' is a humble achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 4, 2011
We've seen it over and over in the movies, but "Play" has an understated charm and convincing performances - and a palpable love of chess - that makes it work well enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 26, 2011
[A] clever feel-good lark.
July 13, 2011
Nearly everything about Queen to Play works, but what really sells the film -- apart from the freshness of the subject matter -- lies in the performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 8, 2011
Subplots involving the heroine's resentful husband and rebellious teenage daughter never amount to much, though the story builds toward a satisfactory, if formulaic, climax.
July 8, 2011
Queen To Play, however, competes on a very high level as a story of an inner journey that's not simply black-and-white.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 3, 2011
Subtle and evocative...as formulaic in its own way as 'Rocky' (or, if you prefer, 'Searching for Bobby Fischer'), but it's a more cerebral, sophisticated use of the formula than usual.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 30, 2011
"Queen to Play" falls somewhat into the "Pygmalion" template, but watching Bonnaire's Helene find herself makes it worthy in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 17, 2011
Maintains a wonderful balance between grit and grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 27, 2011
It's a little character study that really sneaks up on you.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 26, 2011
Dull hokum.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 13, 2011
Perhaps the only film in which a board game leads to a woman's happiness.
May 13, 2011
There's something particularly enjoyable about settling into a film whose pleasures reside in quiet moments, understated performances and the reading of subtitles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 6, 2011
The miraculous Sandrine Bonnaire, with help from the dependable Kevin Kline, transforms a routine heartwarmer scenario into a thing of beauty.
May 5, 2011
It's almost necessary to see it twice to really appreciate fully what's going on between Kline and Bonnaire's characters over the course of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2011
Bonnaire beautifully captures her character's simmering intelligence and vague discontent; Kline, performing his entire role in French for the first time, again proves himself a master of the raised eyebrow.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 5, 2011
If you've been dying to see Kevin Kline in his first French-speaking role or Jennifer Beals in her first chess-playing one, here it is. Your move.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2011
A torpid story of a femme familiarizing herself with pawns and rooks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2011
What I enjoyed was the way the film summons up the pure obsessive passion that chess stirs in some people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 20, 2011
Kevin Kline's talent often makes acting look easy, and this time, just to show off, he does it in French.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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