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Joueuse (Queen to Play) Reviews

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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
July 26, 2011
[A] clever feel-good lark.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 17, 2011
Maintains a wonderful balance between grit and grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 26, 2011
Dull hokum.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jen Chaney
Washington Post
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 6, 2011
[A] gentle tale of chess and midlife emotions from debut writer-director Caroline Bottaro.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 1, 2011
There isn't much more than that, except two masterful turns by Kline and Bonnaire and an appreciation for how games of strategy are bigger than the boards they're played on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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April 1, 2011
Relaxed and goofy in Dave, A Fish Called Wanda and a host of other comedies, Kevin Kline has an endearing way of subverting his own grandee impulses when he's being funny. Give the actor a dramatic role, though, and he comes on all Shakespeare in the Park.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 1, 2011
A film about steady pleasures, not grand passions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 1, 2011
"Queen To Play" is ultimately about people's capacity for emotional and intellectual growth at any age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 31, 2011
Though Kline handles his role expertly, "Queen to Play" succeeds as well as it does because of Bonnaire.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 31, 2011
In small but significant ways, "Queen to Play" defies expectations.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 31, 2011
Bottaro adapted her screenplay from a novel by Bertina Henrichs, and though the premise is original, the trajectory of the plot feels pretty second-hand.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Nick Schager
Time Out
March 29, 2011
[Its intriguing] notions are drowned out by deafeningly creaky conventions of cutesy self-discovery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
March 29, 2011
The supporting cast is uniformly fine, but the film rests on the delicate shoulders of Bonnaire, who carries it with a soulful, magnetic presence.