88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Calvin Wilson
Bonnaire, whose films include "Vagabond" and "Monsieur Hire," gets Helene just right, registering her joys and disappointments with finesse.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What I enjoyed was the way the film summons up the pure obsessive passion that chess stirs in some people.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Bottaro finds ways to dramatize chess, and the environments are fascinating throughout.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Queen To Play is ultimately about people's capacity for emotional and intellectual growth at any age.
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70

NPR

By Ella Taylor
Relaxed and goofy in "Dave," "A Fish Called Wanda" and a host of other comedies, Kevin Kline has an endearing way of subverting his own grandee impulses when he's being funny. Give the actor a dramatic role, though, and he comes on all Shakespeare in the Park.
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70

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
Queen to Play falls somewhat into the "Pygmalion" template, but watching Bonnaire's Helene find herself makes it worthy in its own right.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Kline, who has done a lot of chewy character roles after several stage ­triumphs, is as sly and leonine as ever. His performance here obliterates that phony accent he used in "French Kiss."
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50

Boxoffice Magazine

By Barbara Goslawski
While it matches "Pygmalion" and "Educating Rita" in topic and pedigree, Queen to Play merely hints at plot points and character development, which leaves it to coasts on the reputations of its stars.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
For all the talk, there's not a lot of chess here, and the game remains stubbornly on the level of metaphor. You don't feel rooked, exactly, but by movie's end you're more than ready for the check.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
That the film works to the degree that it does is largely due to the sensitive performances. Bonnaire delivers a beautifully modulated turn.
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70 out of 100
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