100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Rohmer's films are renowned for their beauty, so it's surprising that he made a picture using digital video rather than film. But this was the right choice.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A vivifying film, though it's done in such a strange style that it takes a while to get used to it.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The technique is impressive. But it would count for little if the human story -- of a magnetic, resourceful, and, in the way of all Rohmer heroines, articulate woman who was mistress to the Duke of Orleans -- weren't engrossing on its own dramatic terms.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
That Mr. Rohmer is an octogenarian just beginning to play with digital technology makes the venture even more intriguing.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The result is a galvanizing mix of intellectual discourse and guillotined heads.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Rohmer pulls off a wonderful feat: celebrating the elegance, and artifice, of another era at the same time he brings this tale of social upheaval boldly into the present.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
An elegant story about an elegant woman, told in an elegant visual style. It moves too slowly for those with impaired attention spans, but is fascinating in its style and mannerisms.
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70

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Old master Eric Rohmer, 82, uses new tricks in the form of painted backdrops inserted digitally to create a virtual reality. Rohmer goes Lucas - who could have guessed?
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Rohmer's style saps the film of the drama that flows directly from the subject matter.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

It's a fascinating concept, gorgeously rendered. Seeing the paint actually dry, however, would probably be more fun than most of this overly expository film.
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72 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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