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In 1671, Francois Vatel, a master chef, entertainer and steward, is hired by the Prince de Conde to prepare an important feast for the upcoming arrival of King Louis XIV. However, it will take nothing short of a miracle to prepare a fete fitting for royalty while Conde's provinces rest on the verge of financial ruin. Vatel, however, is a culinary genius possessing a heightened sense of resourcefulness with which to resolve each new crisis that threatens to damper the festivities. He is caught off guard by only one unforseen factor -- the ravishing beauty of royal newcomer, the regal Anne… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's too turgid with its own upholstered pomp."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A costume drama with far more costumes than drama."
‑ Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"Una cinta digna de verse, y visualmente deliciosa."
‑ Alex Ramirez, Cinenganos
"A costume drama with all costume and no drama."
‑ David Cornelius, Hollywood Bitchslap
"May be opulent, but it's not deep."
‑ Catharine Tunnacliffe, eye WEEKLY
"This putrid dish marks a new low for director Roland Joffe."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A landmark in world cinema not merely for sheer grandeur but also attention to dense authenticity."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Period costume dramas are always expected to offer opulent pageantry, but in the case of Vatel, that's all there is."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"It lacks an understanding of the harmonies and contrasts in the very society he is trying to expose to ridicule."
‑ Dan Jardine, Jacksonville Film Journal
"Joffe's extravaganza is a hollow, if pretty, shell."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"It's just deadly, deadly dull."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"An improbable, if sumptuous, bore."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"The richest and most intriguing portrait of period piece duty and subjugated happiness since The Remains of the Day."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Decadence befitting a dozen kings"
‑ Christopher Null,
"For all the opulence, there's a distinct overall glumness in tone."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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