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Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen) Reviews

Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
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Desplechin's big, bold, iconoclastic feature Rois et Reine is a disconcerting film that can turn your head at the oddest moments.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

June 30, 2006
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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Funny, absurd, often mocking itself and always quoting cultural history.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 30, 2006
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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While these characters' lives are melodramatic, individual scenes burst with kinetic energy from fast editing and an script that deftly underscores the destructive nature of male-female relationships.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: A

October 29, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 27, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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There's a looseness to the camera work and storytelling that's appealingly breezy: This film feels, for better or worse, like real life.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 26, 2005
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Kings and Queen, full of passion and humor, madness and grief, is close to a masterpiece.

| Original Score: 4/4

August 18, 2005
James Berardinelli
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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
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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It's a puzzle of a film, but not the kind that intimidates you with inscrutability so much as one that beckons you into its antic eccentricity.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

June 24, 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

Time Out
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June 9, 2005
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film is delectable and keeps you eager to see what's served next, but also is ridiculously rich, overly long and difficult to digest. Still, it's a feast you won't want to miss.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 3, 2005
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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A richly observed study of the sticky complexities of family dynamics.

June 3, 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
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Kings and Queen is a marvelously textured and civilized study of two tormented souls finding redemption not in each other, but in themselves and in other people.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

May 26, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The film is a soap opera that through layering and texture is made into something rich, strange, and unforgettable.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 20, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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Category-defying film that's as smart and emotionally resonant as it is entertaining.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 19, 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
Deborah Young
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This enjoyable French pic welds together drama, melodrama and comedy in a blend with potentially strong European audience appeal.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 19, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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By tempering the mania and offsetting the edginess of the deeply imperfect characters in this ambitiously free-form film, Desplechin offers that most old-form of balms -- compassion.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

May 19, 2005
David Edelstein
NPR's Fresh Air
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An emotional jigsaw that will keep you engrossed for days, maybe years.

Full Review Source: NPR's Fresh Air

May 13, 2005
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Arnaud Desplechin's sprawling drama exudes a go-for-broke determination that is frustrating and exhilarating.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

May 13, 2005
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
David Denby
New Yorker
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This movie, however incomplete and frustrating, is also fully alive and extraordinarily intelligent.

May 11, 2005
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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It's terrific filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 10, 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
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