San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Other films about Marie Antoinette have had their moments, but Benoît Jacquot's Farewell, My Queen is the first to give a real sense of what it must have felt like to live inside that palace as the walls were caving in.
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Slant Magazine

By Jesse Cataldo
Control is the operative element in Benoît Jacquot's work, with the main caveat being that when someone has it, someone else does not.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Benoit Jacquot's engrossing film tells a story we know well, seen from a point of view we may not have considered.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Historical drama set in the early days of the French revolution is intelligent Euro eye candy at its most lavish.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Seydoux, no doubt best known for her kickboxing catfight with Paula Patton in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," gives a quiet, watchful performance, suggesting fealty for her lady but also a strong independent streak.
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Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
One of the movie's strengths is how we see the revolution - or, rather the anticipation of it - not from the perspective of royal or radical but courtier and servant.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Whether accurate or not, it's certainly entertaining to watch regal intrigues through the eyes of lady-in-waiting Sidonie (Léa Seydoux). That Jacquot handles the action so lightly is a credit, considering that it takes place during some of the tensest moments of the French Revolution.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
The picture coasts along quite nicely on the strength of its contemplative sensuality, its macaron colors, and the exquisite beauty of its three chief actresses, Léa Seydoux, Virginie Ledoyen and Diane Kruger. Oh, and there's nudity in it too, not to mention lesbian undertones – or are they overtones?
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Benoît Jacquot's film is shackled to a blah bourgeois leftism.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The story refuses to combust; it's a strangely unsatisfying combination of bloodless observations and unresolved sexuality.
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67 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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