Vatel Synopsis
When an impoverished nobleman (Julian Glover) needs to impress the king, he turns to his chateau’s steward, François Vatel (Gérard Depardieu). During a three-day visit from Louis XIV (Julian Sands), Vatel puts food, drink and entertainment before the...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
The satire is surprisingly tepid.
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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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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...
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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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New York Daily News

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

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

By Peter Travers
This putrid dish marks a new low for director Roland Joffe.
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Rated PG-13 | For Some Violence and Sexual Content