Farewell, My Queen Reviews

  • Farewell, My Queen was shot in Versailles, but its flat schematism only highlights that the backdrops had a better story to tell.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Benoit Jacquot's tense, absorbing, pleasurably original look at three days in the life and lies of a doomed monarch ...

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Deftly captures the sense of impending revolution from within the mirrored halls of Versailles.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The foreboding and chaos contrast neatly with the lavish costumes and sets.

    Stephanie Merry — Washington Post

  • The guillotine's blade is, as yet, nowhere to be heard. But you can feel Jacquot's pleasure is slicing and dicing this material in novel ways.

    Mark Feeney — Boston Globe

  • The pleasure of Jacquot's film is in watching various strains of discreet, heated, and deluded passionate attachment performed.

    Melissa Anderson — Village Voice

  • Think of it as eating a rather rich piece of cake - even if the real Marie Antoinette never actually did suggest anything of the kind.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • It's a strangely unsatisfying combination of bloodless observations and unresolved sexuality. But Diane Kruger's queen, a mature beauty mourning the loss of her youth, is a vivid portrait of willfulness, childishness and genuine neediness.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Jacquot gazes avidly at this closed-in world of women; if his camera pressed any closer to them, it would be subcutaneous.

    Richard Brody — New Yorker

  • Benoit Jacquot's engrossing film tells a story we know well, seen from a point of view we may not have considered.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Jacquot takes a refreshingly understated approach to costume drama, avoiding historical generalizations to focus on the particulars of palace life and the psychological states of individual characters.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • Although it was shot at Versailles, and its actors are dressed to the 18th-century nines, Farewell, My Queen has a loose, reportorial intimacy about it.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • As we follow her through the monarchy's abrupt collapse, "Farewell, My Queen" gives us intimate, unflaggingly energetic history as seen from the servants' quarters.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • A well-observed but emotionally muted costume drama.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • Jacquot's lavish decor and costumes are like the perfume the women use instead of bathing: They may cover up the willful carelessness at the center of the project, but it's still there.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • Jacquot has chosen wisely in casting Lea Seydoux in the key role of Sidonie, whose luminous but watchful eyes suggest a soul wise beyond her years.

    Bruce Demara — Toronto Star

  • Historical drama set in the early days of the French revolution is intelligent Euro eye candy at its most lavish.

    Deborah Young — Hollywood Reporter

  • Matching the strength of these actresses and their personal drama is the film's masterful sense of time and place - the way it makes us feel that this was how it was during four pivotal days in July 1789 as the wheels came off the French monarchy.

    Kenneth Turan — Los Angeles Times

  • Farewell, My Queen is a knife-edge drama that steadily builds tension that at times becomes as unbearably tense as the relationship between the three leading ladies.

    FILMINK (Australia)

  • Sidonie is a character who literally eavesdrops on history, becoming the audience's first-person yet second-hand source for such significant events as the storming of the Bastille...

    John Beifuss — Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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