Farewell, My Queen Synopsis
Marie Antoinette develops a relationship with a reader at the end of the French Revolution.
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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)....
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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...
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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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By rweingard
Undoubtedly everyone in the theater had read the same "rave" reviews - it was full and even those dreaded front row sweats were taken. This is one of the most boring, uneventful and unbelievable...

not enough queen

By tasteful1
If you like period pieces, love costumes, and are curious about behind the facades of the rich, you'll like this movie. It is not a Gosford Park. It is not an Elizabeth. But it is interesting. I...

Nice culture....

By screenqueen211
...but not what I was looking for....

A disappointing French film focusing on the death of the Monarchy, Revolution and Marie Antoinette's sexual proclivities!

By Peneflix
It is rare, but at times one recognizes a well-made film, beautifully-acted, a tale resonating with verisimilitude but fails to entice, engross or fully entertain ; "Farewell, My Queen" falls into...

See the Movie BUT Read the Book Too

By babyjcook
This was a beautiful film, but I can't help but think that the slander that followed Marie Antoinette from before she became queen to after her execution is still at work here. The book portrays a...

Farewell subtitles

By DavyFandango
Delicious cinematography, excellent actors, but don't blink if you don't understand French or you'll lose your place. Very different from Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette....

Yawn...(Yawn again)

By kickindajunk02
This movie is slow and boring. Then you think after sitting through the whole thing, that at the end you're going to finally get to see the climax, during the revolution but no. The only good thing...

Nap time!

By haerickson17
The only reason I did not fall asleep was because of the beautiful costumes, and sets....

Farewell, my Queen

By habiague
Gripping. They continued with their highly formal ceremony while the world around them was falling apart, and they continued until their heads rolled. They could have escaped, but chose to live in...

By AvitalShir
Extremely disappointing. Slow, uneventful. Plus, if you are going to have subtitles, make sure the font color is not the same ad the background screen. I so wanted to enjoy this movie, and couldn't...

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Rated R | For Brief Graphic Nudity and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Gripping, mature account of Marie Antoinette.
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