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Based on 13 Reviews
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  • 10
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This putrid dish marks a new low for director Roland Joffe. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The satire is surprisingly tepid. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Too much chaos, not enough heart. Bad for the digestion. show more

  • 32
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    Joffe's latest is a formless, inanimate lump. show more

  • 50
    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. show more

  • 50
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    Although Vatel is trying to say something about freedom and gilded cages, it feels more like a behind-the-scenes look at the high-end catering business. show more

  • 70
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    You could hardly ask for more from a historical spectacle: Silly wigs, plunging décolletage, lavish banquets in ornate halls, a stirring score from Ennio Morricone and witty dialogue by Tom Stoppard. show more

  • 90
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    Boldly distinctive in its depiction of individuals caught up in a veritable infernal machine designed solely to give pleasure to a monarch, Vatel is a timeless tale of love and sacrifice in a world as opulent as it is cruel. show more

  • 70
    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. show more

  • 50
    Jessica Winter Village Voice

    Vatel is dull and silly, but the holiday season doesn't offer a better sets-and-costumes workshop. show more

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