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Antoine de Caunes' second feature, Monsieur N. is a historical mystery thriller about Napoleon. Sir Hudson Lowe (Richard E. Grant) is assigned to guard Napoleon (Philippe Torreton) while the latter is in exile in Saint Helena. A local girl, Betsy (Siobhan Hewlett), has a crush on the exiled leader. This, along with the fact that keeping Napoleon on the island is costing the British a great sum of money, leads Lowe to consider drastic action. Monsieur N. was screened at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Unfortunately, that same suspense -- Poisoned wine! Secret pacts! Doppelgangers! -- is sometimes a little too stiff, making Monsieur N. play at times like a second-tier Agatha Christie mystery."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Casting, acting, production values, scripting and pacing all make for grand entertainment for discriminating filmgoers."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"a disaster"
‑ Jay Antani,
"A turgid mystery thriller."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC
"This richly produced tale of the last years of the famous 19th-century conqueror has a certain captivating quality about it."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"As modest conspiracy-mongering, the movie is perfectly robust, earning its dramatic impact from its classical sense of intrigue and Philippe Torreton's testy performance in the title role."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Village Voice
"Exile is a complicated business for Napoleon Bonaparte."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Even when the script takes a turn for the chatty, there's always something pretty to look at."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"'Monsieur N.' is fine old-time cinema."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"A film of polished ensemble performances, burnished period interiors and fine landscapes, but it's a little bloodless."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Pretentious and melodramatic."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"de Caunes has mounted a handsome production, [but] the film's "surprises" are inherently predictable..."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Handsomely designed and photographed, impeccably played, and both satisfyingly complex and ingeniously plausible."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"The mystery is intriguing, but the film never sorts fact from fiction, adding romantic complications that don't draws us in and filling scenes with wordy but irrelevant nonsense."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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