Vatel
Vatel (2000)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 7, 2001
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31%
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Visually sumptuous, but unengaging.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

It's too turgid with its own upholstered pomp.

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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times

A costume drama with far more costumes than drama.

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Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos

Una cinta digna de verse, y visualmente deliciosa.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

This putrid dish marks a new low for director Roland Joffe.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A landmark in world cinema not merely for sheer grandeur but also attention to dense authenticity.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Period costume dramas are always expected to offer opulent pageantry, but in the case of Vatel, that's all there is.

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Paul Tatara
CNN.com

It's just deadly, deadly dull.

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Jan Stuart
Newsday

An improbable, if sumptuous, bore.

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Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

The richest and most intriguing portrait of period piece duty and subjugated happiness since The Remains of the Day.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Abell
A quite entertaining costume drama filled with intrigue and debauchery. Integrity was highly prized and rarely found in the court of Louis XIV. Vatel (Gerard… More