Queen of the Desert
Queen of the Desert (2015)

A true story of the life of British explorer and adventurer, Gertrude Bell, QUEEN OF THE DESERT chronicles her journeys of love and loss in the Middle East during the early 20th century. Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (THE PAPERBOY,… More

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Consensus: Queen of the Desert unites some undeniably talented professionals, but it's difficult to discern what drew them together -- or understand how its compelling real-life story became such a muddled mess.

Neil Young
indieWIRE

A stunning misfire.

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Peter Debruge
Variety

In the end, it's not clear what's driving Bell, nor what's holding her back.

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Mel Campbell
Junkee

Its melodrama is stodgy, its dialogue laugh-out-loud corny and its politics uncomfortably dated. I'm astounded that a director as idiosyncratic as Herzog could have made it.

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Michael Pattison
RogerEbert.com

Given the intrigues and even political insights that a serious, fully committed treatment of Bell's life might have resulted in, it's a shame her years in the land she loved are apparently reducible to ill-fated investments in two bland, charmless men.

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

Atypical of Herzog's solid style, Queen Of The Desert feels almost woozy, since the hard-edged adventure of Bell is rendered in an inappropriate soft focus.

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David Stratton
The Australian

The result, sadly, falls far short of expectations, evoking a mood more Mills & Boon, or Merchant Ivory, than Herzog.

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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

A passionless trudge that lacks both sweep and psychological complexity.

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Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

For moviegoers looking to lose themselves in an old-school epic, Queen Of The Desert certainly fits the bill. But as a celebration of the life of a feminist pioneer, the film is sorely lacking.

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David 'Mad Dog' Bradley
Rip It Up

Kidman, Franco, Lewis and Pattinson (of course) are all stiffly uneasy here.

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