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The Favourite Reviews

March 9, 2019
Yorgos Lanthimos' dryly funny historical feature is all about power, and that means literally wearing the pants in a strange time.
January 24, 2019
Weisz and Stone are both brilliantly witty and nimble, but Colman's performance is nothing short of sublime.
December 21, 2018
As well as being [Lanthimos'] biggest production so far, this is by far his most pleasurable, with three Oscar-worthy performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 21, 2018
Despite its period setting, The Favourite just might be Lanthimos's most trenchant and relevant work yet.
December 14, 2018
There are no heroes in The Favourite; there are only sad creatures driven by their various needs. There is, however, a morbid morality to the proceedings, one in which decadence is its own punishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 13, 2018
"The Favourite" is an uproarious send-up of the aloofness of royals, and comes alive thanks to its sterling ensemble cast (Nicholas Hoult is also worthy of note, playing a young British statesman) and Lanthimos' pristine direction.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 7, 2018
It is Colman who steals the film from everyone - Lanthimos included.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 6, 2018
I command you to see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 6, 2018
I started jotting down clever dialogue from "The Favourite" in my notepad but I had to stop when I realized I was essentially transcribing the entire script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 5, 2018
For those with a taste for historical fiction, The Favourite is a delicious morsel with a spicy aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 4, 2018
The real fun here is in the three central performances, each of which threatens to steal the film
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 30, 2018
As the intrigue heightens in The Favourite, so do the film's surreal touches.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 30, 2018
It's nasty and knowing but way too self-satisfyingly smart-alecky for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 29, 2018
It's a period piece with a wink. It's also funny as hell and a true big-screen treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 29, 2018
Period authenticity clashes happily with occasional creative anachronisms to present audiences with a portrait of power as sobering as it is scabrously conniving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 29, 2018
Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman - it's fun just to think of them in the same thought, let alone on the same screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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November 28, 2018
Stone's never been better than she is here, as the character of Abigail threads a perilous needle.
November 28, 2018
I don't know if Lanthimos is saying anything especially novel about the machinations of those in power, but he's such an inventive visual thinker, he gives "The Favourite" a bracing momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 28, 2018
This contemporary costume drama proves that petticoats and parasols don't make a movie stuffy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 27, 2018
It's remarkable, the range of behavior that Colman harmonizes into one complex humanity, from the sublimely sweet to the grotesque.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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November 26, 2018
A Restoration comedy filtered through this director's eccentric, modern sensibilities is what "The Favourite" most resembles - witty, profane, sexually explicit, improper in the extreme, a comedy of manners without any manners at all.
November 24, 2018
If you think the quickest way to a queen's heart is through her 17 pet bunny rabbits then have I got the delicious movie for you.
November 21, 2018
Bathed in a score of Vivaldi, Bach, and Purcell, it's Lanthimos's most watchable movie to date, and also his best. The Favourite is a triumph in textures, a beam of light through a window.
November 21, 2018
Any concern that an elegantly mounted, star-studded period piece set during the War of Spanish Succession might have diluted Greek surrealist Yorgos Lanthimos' particular brand of sadism turns out to be entirely unwarranted.
November 21, 2018
Lanthimos' renegade deviltry turns a period piece into a bawdy, brilliant triumph. Expect Oscar to bow down to Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and the mighty Olivia Colman as Queen Anne for bringing a #MeToo punch to 18th-century British politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 21, 2018
Is this the first Yorgos Lanthimos film that can be called genuinely fun?
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 20, 2018
Though mostly twaddle as history, Yorgos Lanthimos's The Favourite is wonderful, nasty fun, a period drama (wigs, breeches, beauty spots) that holds the screen with gnashing teeth and slashing nails.
November 20, 2018
YAAAAS, queen!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 20, 2018
Lanthimos' most accessible movie to date, 'The Favourite' is simply awe-inspiring in the way it harbors serious themes and anxieties about womanhood underneath a deceptively feather-light surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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November 20, 2018
Regardless of your tolerance for Restoration jabberwocky, you will be forced to admit the performance by Olivia Colman as England's dim-witted Queen Anne is a masterpiece of madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 20, 2018
Even when the movie's self-love gets to be a bit much, there are stylistic touches to enjoy.
November 20, 2018
The film gamely tackles class and gender themes, as well as partisan politics, in its tale of women behaving badly and men being nitwits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 19, 2018
[Colman] beams and scowls, brays and bleeds, shatters and disintegrates. She rules.
November 19, 2018
Nobody in "The Favourite" could be described as a noble specimen of humanity, and yet, from the mean and grasping shenanigans that pass for a plot, there rises an unmistakable whiff of-believe it or not-fun.
September 30, 2018
What makes The Favourite work are its women -- who rule, both literally within the movie and outwardly, dominating our enjoyment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
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 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
A fantastic little cupcake of a movie laced with thistle frosting.
August 30, 2018
It's a rousingly nasty, bleary, hungover punchup.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 30, 2018
A wicked delight.
August 30, 2018
It's a perfectly cut diamond of a movie - a finely executed, coldly entertaining entry in the genre of savage misanthropic baroque costume drama.
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.