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Vatel Reviews

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Alex Ramirez
February 20, 2005
Una cinta digna de verse, y visualmente deliciosa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
December 8, 2002
Period costume dramas are always expected to offer opulent pageantry, but in the case of Vatel, that's all there is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
It's too turgid with its own upholstered pomp.
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
September 23, 2002
The richest and most intriguing portrait of period piece duty and subjugated happiness since The Remains of the Day.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
David Cornelius
Hollywood Bitchslap
April 16, 2002
A costume drama with all costume and no drama.
| Original Score: 2/4
Dan Jardine
Jacksonville Film Journal
October 1, 2001
It lacks an understanding of the harmonies and contrasts in the very society he is trying to expose to ridicule.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Christopher Null
August 12, 2001
Decadence befitting a dozen kings
| Original Score: 3.5/5
March 5, 2001
May be opulent, but it's not deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
February 23, 2001
Joffe's extravaganza is a hollow, if pretty, shell.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 16, 2001
This putrid dish marks a new low for director Roland Joffe.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
February 7, 2001
For all the opulence, there's a distinct overall glumness in tone.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
January 11, 2001
A completely unnecessary movie.
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Paul Tatara
January 10, 2001
It's just deadly, deadly dull.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
December 25, 2000
A costume drama with far more costumes than drama.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 25, 2000
A landmark in world cinema not merely for sheer grandeur but also attention to dense authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
David Kronke
Los Angeles Daily News
December 25, 2000
It'll likely earn Oscar consideration for its visual aspects, but no one will probably remember anything else about it.
Dave Kehr
December 24, 2000
The dialogue (polished by Tom Stoppard, no less) strains for a wit it never achieves.
Harvey S. Karten
December 22, 2000
A banquet for the eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Jan Stuart
December 22, 2000
An improbable, if sumptuous, bore.
Dave White
December 22, 2000
For all the brilliant production design that went into this thing, you'd have thought they'd remember to include some warm-blooded characters with expressions on their faces.
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