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Based on 20 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Other films about Marie Antoinette have had their moments, but Benoît Jacquot's Farewell, My Queen is the first to give a real sense of what it must have felt like to live inside that palace as the walls were caving in. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The story refuses to combust; it's a strangely unsatisfying combination of bloodless observations and unresolved sexuality. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Seydoux, no doubt best known for her kickboxing catfight with Paula Patton in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," gives a quiet, watchful performance, suggesting fealty for her lady but also a strong independent streak. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Whether accurate or not, it's certainly entertaining to watch regal intrigues through the eyes of lady-in-waiting Sidonie (Léa Seydoux). That Jacquot handles the action so lightly is a credit, considering that it takes place during some of the tensest moments of the French Revolution. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 60
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    The picture coasts along quite nicely on the strength of its contemplative sensuality, its macaron colors, and the exquisite beauty of its three chief actresses, Léa Seydoux, Virginie Ledoyen and Diane Kruger. Oh, and there's nudity in it too, not to mention lesbian undertones – or are they overtones? show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

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

  • 88
    Jesse Cataldo Slant Magazine

    Control is the operative element in Benoît Jacquot's work, with the main caveat being that when someone has it, someone else does not. show more

  • 88
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Richly photographed and featuring an attractive cast, Farewell, My Queen is a layer cake of royal pleasures, rote protocols and revolutionary politics. For skeptics who thought this story had grown stale, let them eat their words. show more

  • 75
    Washington Post

    The foreboding and chaos contrast neatly with the lavish costumes and sets. Versailles takes on the feel of a gilded fortress, behind which the serving class hopes to hide. But money can't buy everything, including, in this case, security. show more

  • January 21, 2013 rtremb9080
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    I was expecting more from a highly rated film..

  • August 18, 2012 fk00000000128035
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    hmm. while the rest of the US have given this film high marks, rated it among the best of 2012 films, two peeps here in sou florida...have the above opionions..guess art as well as many other things inlife...class, culuture, friends, the circles within which such opinionators form their opinions, which is of course, part of \'freedom to express...they find it boring, not bad then not good movie..telling ..very very telling..

  • August 10, 2012 mngordon
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    It was slow and boring as well as pointless

  • July 28, 2012 Margaret Opine
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    THIS IS NOT A BAD MOVIE...BUT THEN IT IS NOT A GOOD MOVIE. The costumes are fantastic but the context, as we all know is atrocious: killing a queen because of political ideology. The peerformmances were great but no matter the great performances could not pull this movie up and out of its drag and gloom.--MO

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