The Conquest
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

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"The Sarkozy story glistens, snakelike."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Too often ... the jaunty, overeager background music seems to be underscoring jokes the action doesn't provide."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The Conquest does not aspire to Shakespearean heights (press notes to the contrary) but remains more on the level of a well-made movie of the week..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Denis Podalydès seems to be more like Nicolas Sarkozy than the president himself is this political tragi-comedy."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"The dialogue is punchy, but the film lacks visual personality, and the insights into Sarkozy and France as a whole don't cut very deep."
‑ Jon Frosch, The Atlantic
"Sarkozy seems to mean exactly what he says, even when he's lying for his cause, and Podalydès has the skill to demonstrate that."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Maybe a documentary would have done the job better."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"This delicious satire daring to depict current French President Nicolas Sarkozy's recent rise to power is a real upscale art-house pleaser."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
""The Conquest" is like a French restaurant that serves small portions of tart appetizers and calls them freedom fries, yet begrudgingly we must salute the gall."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The film is a vehement drama and a fitfully amusing snark fest set to Nicola Piovani's jaunty circus music. It winds up only half-succeeding at both."
‑ Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle
"The performances are convincing, but American audiences may find little to care about in the Gallic-specific backstage machinations of Sarkozy's ascendancy."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"A glimpse of the glory and the loss in the rise to power of Nicholas Sarkozy, the president of France."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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