Queen of the Desert (2017)
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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
Critic Reviews for Queen of the Desert
Given the intrigues and even political insights that a serious, fully committed treatment of Bell's life might have resulted in, it's a shame her years in the land she loved are apparently reducible to ill-fated investments in two bland, charmless men.
A passionless trudge that lacks both sweep and psychological complexity.
In the end, it's not clear what's driving Bell, nor what's holding her back.
Atypical of Herzog's solid style, Queen Of The Desert feels almost woozy, since the hard-edged adventure of Bell is rendered in an inappropriate soft focus.
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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