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Based on 13 Reviews
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  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Has a certain captivating quality about it. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The second half of Antoine de Caunes' Monsieur N., about the post-exile life and death of Napoleon, plays less like a movie than a suggestion for one. This is a great disappointment because the first half is very cinematic and very compelling. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    With some excellent staging, fine cinematography and first-rate acting, the film largely overcomes the awe it demonstrates for its principal character and succeeds in creating a mystery where perhaps there is none. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The film tends to be pretentious and melodramatic; and Grant, better suited to comic roles, gives a heavy-handed performance. show more

  • 60
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Even when the script takes a turn for the chatty, there's always something pretty to look at. show more

  • 80
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    An elegant, sophisticated mystery. show more

  • 80
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    If it all adds up to too much for one film to encompass with ease, Monsieur N, is certainly richer than most of what you'll find on the History Channel. show more

  • 80
    Stanley Kauffmann The New Republic

    The film holds us principally because of its Napoleon. Philippe Torreton doesn't perform the role: he exists. show more

  • 70
    Ella Taylor L.A. Weekly

    And though at over two hours the movie is too long and too slow, de Caunes sustains a sense of mystery and ambiguity to the end of what is both a satisfying character study and a stately quasi-thriller for amateur historians. show more

  • 70
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    De Caunes and screenwriter René Manzor do well when they dwell on history from a mundane human perspective, but Monsieur N. is too dry and too unsurprising for its two-hour running time. show more

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