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Based on 22 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Plays like the cinematic equivalent of a paperback bodice- ripper with embossed type. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The affair may have raised eyebrows all over 18th century Paris, but it's not likely to elicit more than a shrug from 21st century moviegoers. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The miscast (or misdirected) Hilary Swank's Jeanne takes so little pleasure in coquetry and manipulation. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    This sob story is a tough sell. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The storytelling is hopelessly compromised by the movie's decision to sympathize with Jeanne. We can admire someone for daring to do the audacious, or pity someone for recklessly doing something stupid, but when a character commits an act of stupid audacity, the admiration and pity cancel each other, and we are left only with the possibility of farce. show more

  • 50
    John Petrakis Chicago Tribune

    Rife with wrong people in major jobs, which leads to a movie that lacks the requisite verve to make to it sparkle. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The movie has almost enough corny appeal to offset its lack of originality, though, and Walken is fun as Cagliostro, the court's great prognosticator and all-around weirdo. show more

  • 38
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Larceny at its most labored. show more

  • 25
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    It's hard to imagine how Shyer and script writer John Sweet could have brought this tale to the screen in a cruder, cornier or less interesting way. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Swank is painfully uncharismatic, leaving Christopher Walken, in the minor role of occultist Count Cagliostro, to decamp with any scene in which he appears. His performance may not be historically credible, but it's hugely entertaining: Would that the same were true of the film overall. show more

  • June 29, 2009 gmfuhlman
    Report This User

    What was he thinking when he made this movie. Not a very good movie at all.

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