The Favourite Reviews

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March 10, 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 30, 2018
Breaking: Olivia Colman is our new god.
December 26, 2018
Colman, always brilliant, has never seemed more divine. If she's not nominated for an Oscar, I will cry.
December 21, 2018
As well as being [Lanthimos'] biggest production so far, this is by far his most pleasurable, with three Oscar-worthy performances.
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.
December 14, 2018
The Favourite is a film that will be admired more than loved, but there's nothing at all wrong with that.
December 14, 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.
December 7, 2018
It is Colman who steals the film from everyone - Lanthimos included.
December 6, 2018
I command you to see it.
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.
December 6, 2018
For those with a taste for historical fiction, The Favourite is a delicious morsel with a spicy aftertaste.
December 4, 2018
The real fun here is in the three central performances, each of which threatens to steal the film
November 30, 2018
As the intrigue heightens in The Favourite, so do the film's surreal touches.
November 30, 2018
It's nasty and knowing but way too self-satisfyingly smart-alecky for its own good.
November 30, 2018
It's a period piece with a wink. It's also funny as hell and a true big-screen treat.
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.
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.
Top Critic
November 28, 2018
Stone's never been better than she is here, as the character of Abigail threads a perilous needle.
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