The Affair of the Necklace
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The Affair of the Necklace
A director of contemporary comedies, Charles Shyer makes a genre leap into period costume drama with this lavish epic based on a controversial chapter of French history. Hilary Swank stars as Jeanne de la Motte Valois, a countess whose royal title has been stripped from her family by the crown in late 18th century. Determined to restore her good name and privilege, Jeanne schemes politically and sexually with a trio of co-conspirators that includes her gigolo lover, Retaux de Villette (Simon Baker), her husband, Nicolas (Adrien Brody), and a mysterious Italian count (Christopher Walken) to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jeanne is no fun at all."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"The entire film seems a series of disjointed pieces, a screenful of iron filings waiting in vain for the magnet that will line them up in a unified field."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Swank's honest mistake is in trying to be worthy of a project that's beneath her."
‑ Alan Dale,
"A crass, often ridiculously misguided period drama that spells everything out in nice, big block letters so even a small child could comprehend it."
‑ Jason Clark, Matinee Magazine
"While director Charles Shyer ... may have succeeded in creating an appropriate environment for all this skulduggery, he does so at the expense of coherent storytelling and drama."
‑ Danny Graydon,
"A cheap bauble of a flick."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Shyer's film denies us the double dip of vice and virtue. It's moralistic."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"I felt as if I was at an Yves St. Laurent fashion show and the actors were modeling the latest in 18th-century fashions."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The kind of movie made bearable only by uttering snide comments to a friend."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"The psychology is muddled, the badinage is bad and the acting is inadequate."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The film has a desperate, disjointed feel that suggests the filmmakers realized it wasn't working and kept trying, ineffectually, to fix it."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"Much of the dramatic juice and intrigue have been drained out of this old-fashioned costume drama, that in the hands of director Charles Shyer and actress Hilary Swank becomes stiff, stuffy, and banal affair."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"... takes a fascinating footnote and reduces it to a mediocre and fitfully entertaining film."
‑ Ted Murphy,
"An impressive achievement on the part of the writer, John Sweet, as well as the director, Charles Shyer."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"It is a pleasant, but forgettable film, worth seeing for the tale itself and for Baker's and Price's performances."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
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