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Vatel

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some violence.

PG-13 In Theaters 02/23/2001 , 117min.
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Variety
Vatel, a no-expense-spared costumer, is further proof that all the money and technical expertise in the world are no substitutes for a good screenplay and creative direction. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
The movie wants desperately to function as a romantic tragedy, with passions glancing off the thoughtless pursuit of satisfaction. But Vatel can't really define the differences between the two; it settles into a period funk, as shallow as the court popinjays it seeks to expose. Full Review
David Statton
Variety
Vatel, a no-expense-spared costumer, is further proof that all the money and technical expertise in the world are no substitutes for a good screenplay and creative direction. Full Review
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
Depardieu gives the story a firm center of gravity, aided by Joffé's eye for colorful settings and period detail. Full Review
Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
While the filmmakers are not above corset-drama bed-hopping and back-stabbing, it's delicious when the beds and backs belong to Uma Thurman, Tim Roth and Julian Sands. Full Review

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