90

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Boldly distinctive in its depiction of individuals caught up in a veritable infernal machine designed solely to give pleasure to a monarch, Vatel is a timeless tale of love and sacrifice in a world as opulent as it is cruel.
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70

L.A. Weekly

By Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
While the filmmakers are not above corset-drama bed-hopping and back-stabbing, it's delicious when the beds and backs belong to Uma Thurman, Tim Roth and Julian Sands.
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70

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
You could hardly ask for more from a historical spectacle: Silly wigs, plunging décolletage, lavish banquets in ornate halls, a stirring score from Ennio Morricone and witty dialogue by Tom Stoppard.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The satire is surprisingly tepid.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Depardieu gives the story a firm center of gravity, aided by Joffé's eye for colorful settings and period detail.
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50

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Although Vatel is trying to say something about freedom and gilded cages, it feels more like a behind-the-scenes look at the high-end catering business.
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50

Village Voice

By Jessica Winter
Vatel is dull and silly, but the holiday season doesn't offer a better sets-and-costumes workshop.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Too much chaos, not enough heart. Bad for the digestion.
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32

Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
Joffe's latest is a formless, inanimate lump.
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10

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This putrid dish marks a new low for director Roland Joffe.
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44 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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