The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) Reviews

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March 7, 2019
The Queen of Spain...has to pose this question to start its engine: is this needed? Unfortunately, the answer is a resolute "no".
October 6, 2017
Watching here feels akin to peeking at a private love letter from an artist to his art, an experience that will fascinate some and off-put many.
September 17, 2017
A well-acted, but overlong, clunky, and underwhelming satire.
September 7, 2017
Tonally, the movie can never quite find its footing.
August 25, 2017
It's fun, involving off-set sexual escapades and a scheme to rescue a back-from-the-dead film director from a work camp.
August 24, 2017
Trueba is determined to give every actor, cameraman and grip a few scenes in which to shine, resulting in an overstuffed story that staggers from subplot to subplot.
August 23, 2017
This bittersweet political satire uncovers the shameful collusion of Hollywood with Franco back then - the roots of fascism in this country today. And Penelope as a new kind of anti-fascist female action hero - move over Wonder Woman and Atomic Blonde.
August 18, 2017
The Queen of Spain can only offer scant entertainment for movie buffs and non-movie buffs alike.
August 17, 2017
Though "The Queen of Spain" looks terrific and features a warm, glamorous performance by Penélope Cruz, that promise is fulfilled only fitfully in this valentine to moviemaking.
August 16, 2017
Set in Franco's Spain, this self-referential film-within-a-film is painfully dated and unfunny, and its mishmash of genres is even more off-putting.
August 15, 2017
Queen is the sort of project which marketing teams like to talk about as "classic" while secretly knowing that it's just old-fashioned.
August 15, 2017
Like the tortoise and the hare, it takes so long to get going that the end is one mad, unsuccessful dash.
August 15, 2017
The Queen may be a treat for those familiar with Dreams, but this uneven film glosses over too much - and runs too long.
August 13, 2017
Fernando Trueba fails to probe the political implications of The Queen of Spain's period milieu, which is particularly confounding given the filmmaker's evident anti-fascist sympathies.
August 3, 2017
A film that doesn't captivate the audience and never takes off. [Full review in Spanish]
June 26, 2017
A sharp and precise critic of the Franco dictatorship in Spain. [Full review in Spanish]
June 19, 2017
A film that, in a certain way, ends up being victim of itself, absorbed in its own coral universe. [Full review in Spanish]
June 19, 2017
An attractive proposal made in an unconvincing way. [Full review in Spanish]
June 19, 2017
The best of Spanish comedy, with a few secondary actors who create memorable characters. [Full review in Spanish]
June 19, 2017
The script of Trueba doesn't just plait the union between the adventures of the Americans of shooting in Spain and the imprisonment of one of the personages in Cuelgamuros. [Full review in Spanish]
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