Queen of the Desert
Queen of the Desert (2017)

Nicole Kidman and director Werner Herzog bring to life the extraordinary true story of a trailblazing woman who found freedom in the faraway world of the Middle East. Gertrude Bell (Kidman) chafes against the stifling rigidity of life in… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 7, 2017
DVD Release Date: April 14, 2017
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Critic Score: 16% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

The result is a well-made invitation to nod off.

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Angelica Jade Bastién

An emotionally empty, thematically ill-defined, and listless affair. It is never able to communicate the complexity of the woman at its center.

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Todd Jorgenson

... offers a half-hearted examination of colonialism and pre-war British foreign policy, although much of the context becomes lost in a film that turns rambling and tedious when it should be at its most suspenseful.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Bell was an extraordinary figure, tailor-made for a dazzling presence like Kidman, but Werner Herzog, directing his own script, unwisely structures Bell's story around her intimate relationships with men.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

Despite Kidman's best efforts, almost nothing clicks on an emotional level, and the movie passes as slowly as sand through an hourglass.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Romantic longing has never really been part of Herzog's cinematic vocabulary (love in his films typically looks like manic obsession), which may explain why some of it is more stiff than emotionally moving.

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Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

A bland departure from the director's normally madcap norm.

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Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

Even the stodgiest biopic would be redeemed by Mr. Herzog's eye. The shots that track Bell into her meetings with Arab leaders may have you catching your breath.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

This may be Werner Herzog's most conventional film, but its mostly untold true story knows what it means for a woman to choose a life of adventure and intellect.

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A frustrating biopic that lacks in consistency and real sense of purpose or direction, as it remains unfortunately nothing more than a reverential story that… More