Somewhere buried in the plodding morass of Kings and Queen exists a taut, twisting psychological puzzler.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
I can't quite get my head around it; Ismael is too cartoony and Nora is too icy.
This tragic/comedic hodgepodge remains unconvincing, mostly due to the casting.
| Original Score: '2/5'
Devos, in her calm, intelligent way, leads you through this rock pile of intimacies and enigmas with a magnetism that fastens you even as the fatigue becomes laborious.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Desplechin's fascinating characters are not always in sync with the demands of the story; it wants to be told in less than 2 hours and with a greater focus on its core themes.
A highly unstable compound of melodrama and offbeat comedy that elicits more shrugs of confusion than sighs of satisfaction
| Original Score: 2/4
'Kings & Queen' has the makings of two decent movies but is helter-skelter overstuffed for one.
The movie, directed by Arnaud Desplechin and written by him with Roger Bohbot, begins as such a straightforward portrait of ordinary life that it's unsettling to find layer after layer of reality peeled away.
| Original Score: 3/4
Kings and Queen is at times compelling, at times devastating, and at times long-winded.
Contemporary and specific ... but the melodramas also play out on a universal plane, like the lives of the gods.
a complex, character-driven film that never allows its themes - madness, love, coming of age - to become reducible to pat formulae, or over-sentimentalisation.
Both leisurely and breathtakingly immediate.
| Original Score: A-
[Desplechin] gives these characters the time to develop, to display their nuances, to establish their relationships with each other, to talk out their destinies.
A welter of narrative complication and piercing drama shot through with a rich vein of absurdist humor.
| Original Score: 4/5
Devos, as Nora, does much to hold it all together with a layered performance. Almaric has powerful moments as well, notably in a climactic rambling monologue about life he delivers to the boy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Kings and Queen is a fascinating French film filled with keen observations on sexual politics, psychology, and family roles.
| Original Score: 3/5
...Desplechin pulls his elements together like some kind of grand symphony
it is the story, with its sleight of hand manner of making you believe one thing only to have the truth be something very different, that makes Kings and Queen special.
His scenes ripple with undercurrents of awkward emotions... creating a film both devastating and uplifting, but he passes no judgments.
| Original Score: A
[M]ixes with aplomb equal measures of intellectual screwball comedy and dark metaphysical tragedy, though part of the joke may be that one often can't tell which is which...