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Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen) Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Somewhere buried in the plodding morass of Kings and Queen exists a taut, twisting psychological puzzler.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 22, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I can't quite get my head around it; Ismael is too cartoony and Nora is too icy.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 10, 2006
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com

This tragic/comedic hodgepodge remains unconvincing, mostly due to the casting.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: '2/5'

May 13, 2005
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

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.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 30, 2005
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net

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.

Full Review Source: european-films.net

February 16, 2005
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

A highly unstable compound of melodrama and offbeat comedy that elicits more shrugs of confusion than sighs of satisfaction

Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 2/4

August 17, 2010
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

'Kings & Queen' has the makings of two decent movies but is helter-skelter overstuffed for one.

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April 16, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 27, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Kings and Queen is at times compelling, at times devastating, and at times long-winded.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

August 18, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Contemporary and specific ... but the melodramas also play out on a universal plane, like the lives of the gods.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 19, 2005
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

a complex, character-driven film that never allows its themes - madness, love, coming of age - to become reducible to pat formulae, or over-sentimentalisation.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

July 10, 2007
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Both leisurely and breathtakingly immediate.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: A-

July 5, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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[Desplechin] gives these characters the time to develop, to display their nuances, to establish their relationships with each other, to talk out their destinies.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

June 24, 2005
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A welter of narrative complication and piercing drama shot through with a rich vein of absurdist humor.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 6, 2004
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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

May 13, 2005
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Kings and Queen is a fascinating French film filled with keen observations on sexual politics, psychology, and family roles.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

October 6, 2004
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...Desplechin pulls his elements together like some kind of grand symphony

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A-

May 16, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A-

May 23, 2005
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

His scenes ripple with undercurrents of awkward emotions... creating a film both devastating and uplifting, but he passes no judgments.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: A

August 25, 2005
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[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...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

January 3, 2006

Boston Phoenix
May 21, 2005

Time Out
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June 9, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 27, 2005

AV Club
September 26, 2005

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008
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