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The Favourite (2018)


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Critic Consensus: The Favourite sees Yorgos Lanthimos balancing a period setting against rich, timely subtext - and getting roundly stellar performances from his well-chosen stars.

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Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.SarahtakesAbigailunderherwingandAbigailseesachanceatareturntoheraristocraticroots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.


Olivia Colman
as Queen Anne
Emma Stone
as Abigail, Abigail Masham
Rachel Weisz
as Lady Sarah, Sarah Churchill
Nicholas Hoult
as Robert Harley
Joe Alwyn
as Masham
Mark Gatiss
as Marlborough
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Critic Reviews for The Favourite

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (8)

What makes The Favourite work are its women -- who rule, both literally within the movie and outwardly, dominating our enjoyment.

September 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Olivia Colman is simply dazzling as a fragile, volatile and sometimes dotty Queen Anne in "The Favourite," a zestful period piece directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

September 7, 2018 | Full Review…

I suspect that some scholars on the Royals will take issue ... But Colman's performance is so volcanically great, they may shrug and find themselves giving in to the daffy, fiery vulnerability of her portrayal.

September 3, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…

All three members of the main trio are at their best, but it's Colman who most deserves a coronation.

August 30, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Whatever really happened, this reimagining sets a broad, generous stage for three characters who will do anything to get their way, and the actors who portray them are clearly having a terrific time.

August 30, 2018 | Full Review…

A wicked delight.

August 30, 2018 | Full Review…

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