La princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier)
La princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier) (2011)

France, 1562. Against a background of the savage Catholic/Protestant wars, Marie de Mézières (Mélanie Thierry), a beautiful young aristocrat, and the rakish Henri de Guise (Gaspard Ulliel), fall in love, but Marie's father has promised… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 11, 2011
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Jenkins
Time Out

Functions swimmingly as an ambiguous study of wrongly diverted passions.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

There is more than a trace of ennui in a story that gallops at times and plods along at others.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

The twisting narrative is rendered skilfully so that it is easy to follow even as allegiences and alliances shift, and there is plenty of space to revel in the complexity of the characters.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

An engrossing subplot tracks the older man's chaste devotion to the young man's wife, which Tavernier parallels with his love of Christ; unfortunately the routine love triangle takes up most of the screen time.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

How can the 16th-century heroine of a movie based on a 17th-century novella feel like such a 21st-century woman - without seeming at all anachronistic? That's the wonder of Bertrand Tavernier's "The Princess of Montpensier.''

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Alistair Harkness

Manages to be that rare thing, a thoroughly modern-seeming period film that is confident that the story it's telling is compelling enough so as not to necessitate the addition of torturous contemporary parallels.

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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail

Swords cross, blood spurts and bosoms heave in The Princess of Montpensier, French director Bertrand Tavernier's thoroughly ravishing drama.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A stylish reminder of a bygone time when historical epics were very much a part of mainstream filmmaking.

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Mayer Nissim
Digital Spy

The swashbuckling Guise, kindly Count, raging Philippe and swaggering Duke make the two-hours-plus runtime fly by.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Nice story. Beautifully done. However, it just goes on and on, and has one of those unsatisfying endings...2 1/2hrs is way too long to have to wait for an… More
Walter M.
In "The Princess of Montpensier," the Count of Chabannes(Lambert Wilson) has finally come to his senses in 1562 to leave all the killing behind in the… More
Matheus Carvalho
For a film which strives for "l'amour", this is a coldly directed and not sweeping enough epic with an irritating protagonist at its center.… More
Mark Abell
I guess I am just a sucker for a pretty face. I quite enjoyed this, despite its shortcomings. A tragic story of a woman caught between her duty and her passion,… More