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September 8, 2018
No amount of ostentation proves sufficient to spruce up the insipid narrative, which strains to fulfil its two-hour running time as if it were a requirement of seriousness.
August 30, 2018
The Favourite is a zany, piercing close-up on three women so replete with swagger as to reduce their male counterparts to disposable extras.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 6, 2018
The Favourite's biggest revelation may be that Yorgos Lanthimos treats his characters here with a degree of compassion, rather than regard them with his usual smirking indifference.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 4, 2018
Lanthimos snaps out of the mannered sameness that was threatening to suffocate his work.
August 31, 2018
Lanthimos has an eye for the grotesque that suits overt comedy even better than it does quirky horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 3, 2018
The Favourite is a pleasure to watch. It's weird without being alienating, dirty without being cheap. And you'd be hard-pressed to find a better acting trio this fall.
August 30, 2018
Why wasn't everyone applauding every damn second of the extravagantly wonderful, deeply hilarious and fabulously entertaining The Favourite?
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 31, 2018
The Favourite is an absolute riot, a scabrous and wickedly enjoyable bodice-ripper that makes the dastardly deeds of Dangerous Liaisons look positively tame.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 30, 2018
All three members of the main trio are at their best, but it's Colman who most deserves a coronation.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 30, 2018
The Favourite has ribaldry and intelligence to burn, a deliciously entertaining period piece that feels liberated by its period, rather than restrained and invigorates like a glass of wine thrown violently in your face.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 5, 2018
Lanthimos has transferred his own peculiar vision of human oddity into the past, in a way that makes most period drama seem formulaic and inert.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 30, 2018
Plays like All About Eve as filtered through The Draughtman's Contract, where everyone from the servants to the queen herself is playing the game and manipulating others to get what they want.
September 7, 2018
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.
August 30, 2018
[Yorgos Lanthimos'] idiosyncratic style is an acquired taste that's starting to go stale, and as such this is one of those films that works like a charm in the moment but whose spell quickly wears off.
August 30, 2018
Wily, warped and ticklish - history viewed through cracked glass.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 3, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 31, 2018
Yorgos Lanthimos's The Favourite is a filthy, violent and outrageous period comedy that drips with bad language and worse behaviour, and will appal anyone who is expecting a more conventional royal drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 30, 2018
Lanthimos' disaffected view of human foibles is present in every shot.
September 11, 2018
Well-executed dark comedy of court intrigue in 18th-century England.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 30, 2018
it's Colman who steals the show. She's ostensibly playing a gout-afflicted monster with capricious instincts and insatiable appetites...and she attacks this side of the role with gusto, shouting, yelping, whimpering and raging with Lear-like abandon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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