Queen of the Desert (2017)
Critic Consensus: Queen of the Desert unites some undeniably talented professionals, but it's difficult to discern what drew them together -- or understand how its compelling real-life story became such a muddled mess.
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as Gertrude Bell
as Henry Cadogan
as Richard Doughty-Wylie
as T. E. Lawrence
as Florence Bell
as Sir Hugh Bell
as Winston Churchill
as Florence Lascelles
as Sir Frank Lascelles
as Mary Lascelles
as Judith Doughty-Wylie
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Critic Reviews for Queen of the Desert
Bell was an extraordinary figure, tailor-made for a dazzling presence like Kidman, but Werner Herzog, directing his own script, unwisely structures Bell's story around her intimate relationships with men.
A bland departure from the director's normally madcap norm.
An emotionally empty, thematically ill-defined, and listless affair. It is never able to communicate the complexity of the woman at its center.
Despite Kidman's best efforts, almost nothing clicks on an emotional level, and the movie passes as slowly as sand through an hourglass.
Audience Reviews for Queen of the Desert
A frustrating biopic that lacks in consistency and real sense of purpose or direction, as it remains unfortunately nothing more than a reverential story that suffers even more from a complete absence of chemistry between Gertrude/Kidman and both her lovers.
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