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June 19, 2013
The Sarkozy story glistens, snakelike.
March 7, 2012
The dialogue is punchy, but the film lacks visual personality, and the insights into Sarkozy and France as a whole don't cut very deep.
February 24, 2012
"The Conquest" is like a French restaurant that serves small portions of tart appetizers and calls them freedom fries, yet begrudgingly we must salute the gall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 26, 2012
Sarkozy seems to mean exactly what he says, even when he's lying for his cause, and Podalydès has the skill to demonstrate that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 5, 2012
The film is a vehement drama and a fitfully amusing snark fest set to Nicola Piovani's jaunty circus music. It winds up only half-succeeding at both.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 5, 2012
"The Conquest," a feature about recent French politics, makes me yearn for a similar American treatment of our own scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 15, 2011
"Conquest'' is a seriocomic portrait of naked ambition and a depiction of petty office politics on a national scale. It's a deadpan hoot that lacks the bite it could and arguably should have had.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 18, 2011
Failing to find deeper meaning in their protagonist's crises, they tell the story in a way that will only hold the interest of those who already know it fairly well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 11, 2011
Durringer has a good sense of pacing, and he keeps the various interlocking machinations reasonably comprehensible even for those of us who aren't experts in French political intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
November 11, 2011
Watching Sarko steamroll his even-more-unctuous rivals has its pleasures, but how can this outrageous creature of raw ambition also be treated in such sobering terms? The Conquest tries to have it both ways.
November 11, 2011
A lot gets lost in translation in "The Conquest,'' an account of Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 rise to the French presidency.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 10, 2011
A smart, involving and strikingly adult drama about Sarkozy's rise to power...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 10, 2011
Only intermittently rises above the tone of an arch, sniping drawing-room comedy peopled with mild caricatures.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 10, 2011
The Conquest offers that familiar thrill of being allowed to peek behind the curtain and see what our leaders are really like...
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 8, 2011
A drama about the dirty business of gaining power, it needs bared fangs-and more bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 8, 2011
Aided by an excellent ensemble cast, director Xavier Durringer and his co-scripter, Patrick Rotman, don't refrain from showing this truly repellent side of Sarko during his rise from minister of justice in 2002 to the highest elected office.
May 19, 2011
Neither hatchet job nor hagiography, it entertainingly lifts the lid on a period which changed France's political landscape forever.
May 19, 2011
Pic takes genre helmer Xavier Durringer back to his theater roots, with most of the narrative mayhem and laughs coming from pic's sharp dialogue and strong work by seasoned thesps, who just manage to avoid caricature.