Queen of the Desert
Queen of the Desert (2013)

Werner Herzog directs Naomi Watts in this period drama covering the life of author and diplomat Gertrude Bell. Robert Pattinson co-stars as T.E. Lawrence, the famed British officer and subject of Lawrence of Arabia. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

A passionless trudge that lacks both sweep and psychological complexity.

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Andrew Simpson
Movie Mezzanine

Herzog has created by far the greatest failure of his career

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Michael Pattison

Given the intrigues and even political insights that a serious, fully committed treatment of Bell's life might have resulted in, it's a shame her years in the land she loved are apparently reducible to ill-fated investments in two bland, charmless men.

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Peter Debruge

In the end, it's not clear what's driving Bell, nor what's holding her back.

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James Mottram
The List

Much of the problem with Queen of the Desert lies in its casting. Nicole Kidman, as Bell, may fare better than she did as Grace Kelly in the risible Grace of Monaco, but she hardly looks desert-hardened.

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Jessica Kiang
The Playlist

"Queen of the Desert" is such a disappointment when you consider the wild portraits of pioneers that Herzog has given us before, that he's so reverent here.

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Stefan Pape

An uninspiring, and wholly underwhelming piece of cinema

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Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine

All the film adds up to, unfortunately, is a sweeping romantic epic made with barely any persuasive romantic feeling underpinning it.

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Mark Adams
Screen International

While enjoyable in parts, its episodic pacing lets down the real-life story of a bold and remarkable woman.

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