Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen) Reviews

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 17, 2010
A highly unstable compound of melodrama and offbeat comedy that elicits more shrugs of confusion than sighs of satisfaction
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 10, 2007
a complex, character-driven film that never allows its themes - madness, love, coming of age - to become reducible to pat formulae, or over-sentimentalisation.
Erica Abeel
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Its novelistic breadth, pitched intensity and on-the-fly shooting style pull the viewer smack-dab into the middle of these lives.
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
June 30, 2006
Desplechin's big, bold, iconoclastic feature Rois et Reine is a disconcerting film that can turn your head at the oddest moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
June 30, 2006
Funny, absurd, often mocking itself and always quoting cultural history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 10, 2006
I can't quite get my head around it; Ismael is too cartoony and Nora is too icy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 3, 2006
[M]ixes with aplomb equal measures of intellectual screwball comedy and dark metaphysical tragedy, though part of the joke may be that one often can't tell which is which...
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
December 2, 2005
the film proves, at the very least, that Desplechin is a director that garners due attention
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 2, 2005
This is a first-rate melo-dramedy under the influence of director Arnaud Desplechin.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 29, 2005
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.
| Original Score: A
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 4, 2005
Great filmmaking and, as does not always follow, a great film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
September 16, 2005
It is well-acted and written with a rigorous effort to skirt cliche, and it has the savor of real life throughout.
| Original Score: B+
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 2, 2005
Heroic and absurdist...
| Original Score: '3.5/4'
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 26, 2005
There's a looseness to the camera work and storytelling that's appealingly breezy: This film feels, for better or worse, like real life.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 25, 2005
His scenes ripple with undercurrents of awkward emotions... creating a film both devastating and uplifting, but he passes no judgments.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 18, 2005
Kings and Queen, full of passion and humor, madness and grief, is close to a masterpiece.
| Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 18, 2005
Kings and Queen is at times compelling, at times devastating, and at times long-winded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
July 5, 2005
Both leisurely and breathtakingly immediate.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 24, 2005
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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 24, 2005
[Desplechin] gives these characters the time to develop, to display their nuances, to establish their relationships with each other, to talk out their destinies.
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