The Duchess of Langeais Synopsis
In 1820s Paris a married coquette plays a dangerous game with a smitten general.
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By Glenn Kenny
The first masterpiece of 2008 -- at least by American release date standards -- the latest film from master French director Jacques Rivette...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The movie's satisfactions are subtle, but they run deep, and there are many.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Rivette's slow-moving but seamless study of the rituals of courtship has a disarming grace, even as its downcast hero, Depardieu's Gen....
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A highbrow chick flick that made me feel older, in a good way.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Balibar and Depardieu make a compelling duo who exude an animal magnetism that's undeniable.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The performances reveal precisely what Rivette wants to reveal, which is to say, in conventional psychological terms, not a great deal.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
A typically hypnotic, slow-coiling drama from 80-year-old French filmmaker, Jacques Rivette.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Rivette brings a refreshing realism to what could have been a stodgy costume drama, it's still pretty slow going.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The film's a minuet fetishistically repeated until either the audience or the lovers go crazy. I'd say it was a tie.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Jacques Rivette's film is full of painstaking historical detail, but the behavior of the two nonlovers is mired in inaction and emotionally...
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Hard to believe it was made by adult professionals

By tjsel
2 hours and 17 minutes that seemed like 2 years. An absolutely horrible movie. Bad acting, casting, pacing, lighting,,,, Hard to believe in or care about the characters....

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Rated NR