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Monsieur N. Reviews

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 29, 2003
The mystery is intriguing, but the film never sorts fact from fiction, adding romantic complications that don't draws us in and filling scenes with wordy but irrelevant nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 21, 2005
Screenwriter Rene Manzor weaves a tangled web of speculation, but de Caunes, following his vampire feature debut Love Bites, has no clue how to dramatize this intrigue.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Jay Antani
March 8, 2005
a disaster
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 21, 2005
Pretentious and melodramatic.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jamie Russell
April 20, 2004
A turgid mystery thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 14, 2005
Unfortunately, that same suspense -- Poisoned wine! Secret pacts! Doppelgangers! -- is sometimes a little too stiff, making Monsieur N. play at times like a second-tier Agatha Christie mystery.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 10, 2005
Though at over two hours the movie is too long and too slow, de Caunes sustains a sense of mystery and ambiguity to the end of what is both a satisfying character study and a stately quasi-thriller for amateur historians.
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
April 24, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 20, 2005
Monsieur N, Antoine de Caunes's densely plotted costume drama, suggests that Napoleon's demise might have been an elaborate hoax through which he escaped into anonymity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 7, 2005
This richly produced tale of the last years of the famous 19th-century conqueror has a certain captivating quality about it.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
May 4, 2004
With some excellent staging, fine cinematography and first-rate acting, the film largely overcomes the awe it demonstrates for its principal character and succeeds in creating a mystery where perhaps there is none.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 1, 2004
'Monsieur N.' is fine old-time cinema.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
January 25, 2005
As modest conspiracy-mongering, the movie is perfectly robust, earning its dramatic impact from its classical sense of intrigue and Philippe Torreton's testy performance in the title role.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
May 14, 2004
Handsomely designed and photographed, impeccably played, and both satisfyingly complex and ingeniously plausible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Nesselson
January 20, 2005
Dramatically dense, neatly thesped and visually involving.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
January 21, 2005
Even when the script takes a turn for the chatty, there's always something pretty to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 10, 2005
A film of polished ensemble performances, burnished period interiors and fine landscapes, but it's a little bloodless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
March 24, 2005
de Caunes has mounted a handsome production, [but] the film's "surprises" are inherently predictable...
Cynthia Fuchs
April 8, 2005
Exile is a complicated business for Napoleon Bonaparte.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Casting, acting, production values, scripting and pacing all make for grand entertainment for discriminating filmgoers.
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