Vatel Reviews

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David Stratton
Variety
January 1, 2000
Further proof that all the money and technical expertise in the world are no substitutes for a good screenplay and creative direction.
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
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 22, 2000
Surprisingly tepid.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 22, 2000
An improbable, if sumptuous, bore.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
December 25, 2000
A costume drama with far more costumes than drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 16, 2001
This putrid dish marks a new low for director Roland Joffe.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
Lael Loewenstein
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
As remarkable for its lavish onscreen excesses as it is for its thoroughly uninvolving story.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
December 22, 2000
Cold and uninvolving.
Dave White
IFilm
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.
Dave Kehr
Citysearch
December 24, 2000
The dialogue (polished by Tom Stoppard, no less) strains for a wit it never achieves.
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.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 10, 2001
It's just deadly, deadly dull.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
January 11, 2001
A completely unnecessary movie.
David Noh
Film Journal International
February 7, 2001
For all the opulence, there's a distinct overall glumness in tone.
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
February 23, 2001
Joffe's extravaganza is a hollow, if pretty, shell.
March 5, 2001
May be opulent, but it's not deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
It's too turgid with its own upholstered pomp.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
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
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 6, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
David Sterritt
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 4, 2001
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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