Queen Margot (La Reine Margot)
Queen Margot (La Reine Margot) (1994)

The historical novel by Alexandre Dumas was adapted for the screen with this lavish French epic, winner of 5 Césars and a pair of awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Isabelle Adjani stars as Marguerite de Valois, better known as Margot,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 9, 1994
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

A model of heaving, combustible history, in which period lavishness and performance energy aren't mutually exclusive.

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Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

The achievement of Chereau's film is to reveal the people, in all their squalor and occasional grace, behind the myth of royalty -- that, and to make two-and-a-half hours zip by.

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Matt Prigge

Among its many other accomplishments, 'Queen Margot' deserves a special prize for its inventive use of poisons - one receives "death by book."

Keith Uhlich
Time Out

Death seems to linger in every inch of the frame, yet the film lives and breathes like few others.

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Joe Bendel
Epoch Times

Queen Margot is one of the great modern historicals. This is not a polite drawing-room story of men in tights and women in ruffled collars.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

will linger in memory long afterwards

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Aaron Cutler
Village Voice

Though Queen Margot's sound, sets, costumes, and camerawork collectively stun, Chéreau prioritized his actors, and he gave his ensemble ample freedom to perform.

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

That's a lot of plot-and plotting-to sort out, and while Chéreau and co-writer Danièle Thompson occasionally fail to explicate it clearly, the center of the film holds strong.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Everything's scenery, even the story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Michael S
This film should be considered a classic, but instead, I'm afraid, it's considered completely underwatched, underappreciated, and underrated, and… More
hawk ledge
Historical drama of epic proportions, sumptuous yet gritty, held together by fine performances from Isabelle Adjani, maidenly, distant, yet passionate and Virna… More