63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The affair may have raised eyebrows all over 18th century Paris, but it's not likely to elicit more than a shrug from 21st century moviegoers.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
This sob story is a tough sell.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By John Petrakis
Rife with wrong people in major jobs, which leads to a movie that lacks the requisite verve to make to it sparkle.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The movie has almost enough corny appeal to offset its lack of originality, though, and Walken is fun as Cagliostro, the court's great prognosticator and all-around weirdo.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The miscast (or misdirected) Hilary Swank's Jeanne takes so little pleasure in coquetry and manipulation.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Slipshod rather than sly. There's no fury to the movie, repressed or otherwise, which may be why when the Revolution arrives, it has all the impact of a guillotine with a deadly dull blade.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The storytelling is hopelessly compromised by the movie's decision to sympathize with Jeanne. We can admire someone for daring to do the audacious, or pity someone for recklessly doing something stupid, but when a character commits an act of stupid audacity, the admiration and pity cancel each other, and we are left only with the possibility of farce.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Plays like the cinematic equivalent of a paperback bodice- ripper with embossed type.
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38

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Larceny at its most labored.
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25

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
It's hard to imagine how Shyer and script writer John Sweet could have brought this tale to the screen in a cruder, cornier or less interesting way.
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42 out of 100
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