Monsieur N.
Monsieur N. (2004)

After his defeat at Waterloo, Napoléon Bonaparte was exiled to the south Atlantic island of St. Helena, where he died a few years later. Or did he? Telling his story through a British lieutenant assigned to watch over Napoléon, film depicts… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 3, 2004
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2005
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Unfortunately, that same suspense -- Poisoned wine! Secret pacts! Doppelgangers! -- is sometimes a little too stiff, making Monsieur N. play at times like a second-tier Agatha Christie mystery.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Though at over two hours the movie is too long and too slow, de Caunes sustains a sense of mystery and ambiguity to the end of what is both a satisfying character study and a stately quasi-thriller for amateur historians.

Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Casting, acting, production values, scripting and pacing all make for grand entertainment for discriminating filmgoers.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

This richly produced tale of the last years of the famous 19th-century conqueror has a certain captivating quality about it.

Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice

As modest conspiracy-mongering, the movie is perfectly robust, earning its dramatic impact from its classical sense of intrigue and Philippe Torreton's testy performance in the title role.

Cynthia Fuchs

Exile is a complicated business for Napoleon Bonaparte.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A film of polished ensemble performances, burnished period interiors and fine landscapes, but it's a little bloodless.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Pretentious and melodramatic.

Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

de Caunes has mounted a handsome production, [but] the film's "surprises" are inherently predictable...

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