The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) Reviews

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 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 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 19, 2017
An attractive proposal made in an unconvincing way. [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]
June 19, 2017
Too bad the script is an example of missed opportunities. And the heavy hand with which Trueba directs its actors also doesn't help. [Full review in Spanish]
February 13, 2017
Trueba is having so much fun revisiting characters from 1998's "The Girl of Your Dreams" that he's forgotten how to build a story out of multiple strands and make it all work.
February 13, 2017
Fails to offer anything more than a broad farce that breezily flirts with the intersection of Hollywood and Spain in the tense political climate of the 1950s.