The Favourite Reviews

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August 19, 2019
The Favourite is full of vibrant colors, opulent sets, lush costumes, blood oranges, tea cakes, and a world of sensory delights. But none of it is beautiful.
April 19, 2019
Terrific turns from a talented triumvirate--Colman, Weisz, and Stone--cannot compensate for "The Favourite"'s calculated archness (and ickiness).
March 6, 2019
Despite the empathy that actors have for their characters, the hyper ironic and self-aware stylisation gives Lanthimos a smug authoritative 'smartness' over everything depicted on-screen.
March 1, 2019
The Favourite was not my favorite film of the year, though the costumes are magnificent. Rather than a humorous film, I thought it a sad, tragic story of royalty and aristocrats fighting over status and playing at governing.
February 11, 2019
...an utter trainwreck that makes one long for the comparative mastery of Lanthimos' earlier endeavors.
January 20, 2019
Surprisingly unmemorable and monotonous, and has essentially been done before, in much better ways, by the likes of Marie Antoinette, Love and Friendship, and even Blackadder!
January 19, 2019
Like a courtier waiting interminably for an audience with the monarch, the tedium outweighs the anticipation.
January 18, 2019
There are certain suggestive symbolisms, but the duration is not directly proportional to the level of depth that it reaches. [Full review in Spanish]
January 7, 2019
"The Favourite" isn't even a pale imitation of the sardonic satire that it aspires to. Where is the Marquis de Sade when you need him most?
January 4, 2019
While these three headlining performances are fine, soon the nastiness takes over and things stop being quite so funny... Lanthimos' film is still strong, sometimes brilliantly funny stuff for the first half, but eventually it turns altogether too grim.
January 3, 2019
Those excellent performances salvaged The Favourite from being a trainwreck.
December 29, 2018
The film is largely an ornately staged, staid wordfest. It features the odd cuss word, naughty sex and some brutal behaviour, but none of the director's stylistic touches make up for the film's overall lack of tension.
December 19, 2018
The characters as written never achieve the resonance that would keep viewers engaged and invested in them. They remain pawns in an exercise of mannered absurdity.
December 14, 2018
The music was beautiful, the acting was wonderful, but it's 100-percent a movie I won't remember exists a month from now...it had good stuff in it, but it just wasn't good.
December 13, 2018
...like a failed attempt to make a Peter Greenaway film, though without any of his imagination or instinctual flair.
December 7, 2018
Despite its talented cast, the film feels a little under-cooked to truly warrant a seat on the throne.
December 6, 2018
The bluntness in Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara's screenplay isn't wit. The script defeats the actors.
December 2, 2018
Sensual, yet nasty and sardonic, Yorgos Lanthimos' opulent costume drama is a bizarre historical farce.
November 30, 2018
It's nasty and knowing but way too self-satisfyingly smart-alecky for its own good.
November 29, 2018
This sick parody of political ambition suggests a Vice Media version of a corrupted Merchant Ivory film -- Anglophilia that is fascinated by the worst of British eccentricity.
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