Queen Margot (La Reine Margot)
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The historical novel by Alexandre Dumas was adapted for the screen with this lavish French epic, winner of 5 Césars and a pair of awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Isabelle Adjani stars as Marguerite de Valois, better known as Margot, daughter of scheming Catholic power player Catherine de Medici (Virna Lisi). Margot is an heiress to the throne during the late 16th century reign of the neurotic, hypochondriac King Charles IX (Jean-Hugues Anglade), a time when Protestants and Catholics are vying for political control of France. Catherine decides to make an overture of good will by offering up… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A model of heaving, combustible history, in which period lavishness and performance energy aren't mutually exclusive."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"That's a lot of plot-and plotting-to sort out, and while Chéreau and co-writer Danièle Thompson occasionally fail to explicate it clearly, the center of the film holds strong."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"Everything's scenery, even the story."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Cinematic Dessert....Very Tasty"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"How do I start in describing this disaster of a movie?"
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Death seems to linger in every inch of the frame, yet the film lives and breathes like few others."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Among its many other accomplishments, 'Queen Margot' deserves a special prize for its inventive use of poisons - one receives "death by book.""
‑ Matt Prigge, Metro
"Lively as spectacle shot at authentic locales."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Tough to sit through, and not really worth all the effort."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"The movie is a jumbled mess that never really comes alive, and in the end may feel like something of an endurance test."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Though Queen Margot's sound, sets, costumes, and camerawork collectively stun, Chéreau prioritized his actors, and he gave his ensemble ample freedom to perform."
‑ Aaron Cutler, Village Voice
"will linger in memory long afterwards"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Serving as opening night of the 1994 Cannes Festival, this bloody account of French royalty divided critics, often along national lines, eliciting debates of French versus Hollywood cinema; good production values help this overlong violent saga."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Lavish and disturbing, if somewhat cold. Adjani is typically solid."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
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