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Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen) Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 22, 2005
Somewhere buried in the plodding morass of Kings and Queen exists a taut, twisting psychological puzzler.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Kent Turner
May 13, 2005
This tragic/comedic hodgepodge remains unconvincing, mostly due to the casting.
Full Review | Original Score: '2/5'
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 30, 2005
Devos, in her calm, intelligent way, leads you through this rock pile of intimacies and enigmas with a magnetism that fastens you even as the fatigue becomes laborious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Boyd van Hoeij
February 16, 2005
Desplechin's fascinating characters are not always in sync with the demands of the story; it wants to be told in less than 2 hours and with a greater focus on its core themes.
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
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 16, 2005
'Kings & Queen' has the makings of two decent movies but is helter-skelter overstuffed for one.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 27, 2005
The movie, directed by Arnaud Desplechin and written by him with Roger Bohbot, begins as such a straightforward portrait of ordinary life that it's unsettling to find layer after layer of reality peeled away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
August 18, 2005
Kings and Queen is at times compelling, at times devastating, and at times long-winded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 19, 2005
Contemporary and specific ... but the melodramas also play out on a universal plane, like the lives of the gods.
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.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
July 5, 2005
Both leisurely and breathtakingly immediate.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 6, 2004
A welter of narrative complication and piercing drama shot through with a rich vein of absurdist humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 13, 2005
Devos, as Nora, does much to hold it all together with a layered performance. Almaric has powerful moments as well, notably in a climactic rambling monologue about life he delivers to the boy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 6, 2004
Kings and Queen is a fascinating French film filled with keen observations on sexual politics, psychology, and family roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 16, 2005
...Desplechin pulls his elements together like some kind of grand symphony
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 23, 2005
it is the story, with its sleight of hand manner of making you believe one thing only to have the truth be something very different, that makes Kings and Queen special.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
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...
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