The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss)

Critics Consensus

The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) elegantly blends well-dressed period romance and war drama into a solidly crafted story further elevated by Christopher Plummer's excellent work and the efforts of a talented supporting cast.

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A riveting World War II thriller that is filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, The Exception follows German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer). The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in The Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country's authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser's life in search of clues, he finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James), one of the Kaiser's maids whom Brandt soon discovers is secretly Jewish. When Heinrich Himmler (Eddie Marsan), Head of the SS, decides to come for an unexpected visit with a large platoon of Nazis in tow, the stage is set for a breathtaking showdown, as secrets are revealed, allegiances are tested, and Brandt is forced to make the ultimate choice between honoring his country and following his heart.

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Cast

Lily James
as Mieke de Jong
Jai Courtney
as Stefan Brandt
Eddie Marsan
as Heinrich Himmler
Christopher Plummer
as Kaiser Wilhelm II
Janet McTeer
as Princess Hermine
Ben Daniels
as Sigurd von Ilsemann

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Critic Reviews for The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss)

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (15)

  • The ridiculousness levels are very high.

    Sep 29, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film moves at a good lick and it's directed with a light touch by David Leveaux.

    Sep 28, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • The dialogue's sometimes clunky, and allusions to the atrocities of war are glossed over. But if you're in the mood for a sexy, pacy period thriller, it does the job.

    Sep 28, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • For all its late-in-the-game silliness, "The Exception" is a solidly acted, well-told tale about how love of country holds up in the face of other, less nationalistic passions.

    Jun 29, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's hopeless tosh - but expertly done hopeless tosh.

    Jun 22, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • For the most part it works, both as a bizarre romance and a fanciful World War II almost-thriller.

    Jun 22, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss)

  • Dec 08, 2017
    Mismarketed as a spy thriller, The Exception is nothing more than a romance movie, a romance that has certain obstacles to be sure, but most any romance put to screen does. The Exception is well acted, (which may come as a surprise to some people when it comes to Jai Courtney) but oddly made. There are certain presentation choices that seemed very bizarre to me, but not dealbreakingly so.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2017
    "The Exception" lives up to its name: it is exceptional. The acting, costumes, sets and story are all very fine. A quality film doesn't have to have a big budget to be great.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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