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The Lady and the Duke Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
February 14, 2007
Though not one of Rohmer best films, it's worth seeing for the acting and the dialogue which magnify the glory of the French language. Amazingly, at 81, Rohmer continues to be productive; rejection of film by Cannes Festival stirred controversy in 2001
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
Who would have thought that in the year of Spider-Man and Attack of the Clones, the year's most innovative use of special effects would come in a film about the French Revolution?
| Original Score: A-
Rich Cline
Film Threat
February 8, 2004
Rohmer's playful style is often good fun. And Russell is especially compelling. But honestly, it's fairly hard going.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Greg Muskewitz
December 22, 2003
At 135-minutes, this stream-of-facts lecture trembles into the trenches of monotony without the detraction of technology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Demetry
October 5, 2002
My problem with The Lady and the Duke is not Rohmer's ostensibly pro-Royalist politics, but his now reactionary aesthetics.
Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
October 3, 2002
Rohmer's novel, exhilarating and elegant work with painted scenery and digital equipment is a revelation. But this work is stuck in a film in which the foreground action is sleep-inducing by comparison.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
September 27, 2002
Leave it to Rohmer, now 82, to find a way to bend current technique to the service of a vision of the past that is faithful to both architectural glories and commanding open spaces of the city as it was more than two centuries ago.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jason Anderson
August 3, 2002
Not only has Rohmer reinvented the costume drama with The Lady and the Duke, he makes the case that the genre is worth reinventing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 2, 2002
Rohmer makes a gracious, if occasionally tedious, effort to dress the French Revolution in digitally rendered scenes that bespeak the period perfectly.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
August 2, 2002
Seldom has the elegant past of 18th century royal life married modern filmmaking with the grace and sophistication of Eric Rohmer's L'anglaise et le duc.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 2, 2002
To the vast majority of more casual filmgoers, it will probably be a talky bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
July 27, 2002
Watching The Lady And The Duke is like looking at a really fine play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 26, 2002
Nothing short of a technical marvel and a ravishing movie to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
July 26, 2002
Working from Elliott's memoir, Rohmer fashions the sort of delicate, articulate character- and- relationship study he's favored for decades.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 26, 2002
Whenever the subtleties of political morality get a bit overbearing, there's a respite in the painterly streets of Paris, where, we are reminded, the past was another city, strange and resistant to present-day adornments.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
July 25, 2002
The Lady and the Duke is a smart, romantic drama that dares to depict the French Revolution from the aristocrats' perspective.
| Original Score: 9/10
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
July 24, 2002
As visually arresting as it is distractingly odd
| Original Score: 5/10
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
I loved the look of this film.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 6, 2002
Despite the film's shortcomings, it's still a solid effort and a thought-provoking look at idealism gone wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
June 30, 2002
A bold (and lovely) experiment that will almost certainly bore most audiences into their own brightly colored dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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