Joueuse (Queen to Play)
Joueuse (Queen to Play) (2011)

Oscar (R) winner Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda, The Ice Storm) and the luminous Sandrine Bonnaire (Vagabond, La Cérémonie) square off in this stylish and sophisticated dramedy of newfound passions and mid-life triumphs, set on the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 1, 2011
DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ronnie Scheib

[A] clever feel-good lark.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Maintains a wonderful balance between grit and grace.

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Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects

'Queen to Play' is a humble achievement.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Subplots involving the heroine's resentful husband and rebellious teenage daughter never amount to much, though the story builds toward a satisfactory, if formulaic, climax.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Dull hokum.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

We've seen it over and over in the movies, but "Play" has an understated charm and convincing performances - and a palpable love of chess - that makes it work well enough.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

"Queen to Play" falls somewhat into the "Pygmalion" template, but watching Bonnaire's Helene find herself makes it worthy in its own right.

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Jen Chaney
Washington Post

There's something particularly enjoyable about settling into a film whose pleasures reside in quiet moments, understated performances and the reading of subtitles.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Nearly everything about Queen to Play works, but what really sells the film -- apart from the freshness of the subject matter -- lies in the performances.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
A nice, quiet afternoon movie. No thrills. No excitement. A little slow, but interesting at the same time...something French films are famous for.
Walter M.
In "Queen to Play," Helene(Sandrine Bonnaire) and Ange(Francis Renaud) have trouble making ends meet, especially with the 400 euros they pay so their… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
An attempt to answer why the queen is more powerful than the king in the game of chess, Queen To Play intelligently explores the nature of midlife crises that… More
Mark Abell
A wonderful story of a woman who finds herself capable of more than she ever imagined. Sandrine Bonnaire as Helene, a hotel chambermaid, and Kevin Kline as… More