The Affair of the Necklace
The Affair of the Necklace (2001)

A director of contemporary comedies, Charles Shyer makes a genre leap into period costume drama with this lavish epic based on a controversial chapter of French history. Hilary Swank stars as Jeanne de la Motte Valois, a countess whose… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 30, 2001
DVD Release Date: June 25, 2002
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Critic Score: 15% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A film about court intrigue, The Affair of the Necklace turns out to be more dull than juicy. Swank seems flat and miscast in the central role of Jeanne.

Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Jeanne is no fun at all.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

The entire film seems a series of disjointed pieces, a screenful of iron filings waiting in vain for the magnet that will line them up in a unified field.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...what really sinks the film is its script...

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

A cheap bauble of a flick.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Shyer's film denies us the double dip of vice and virtue. It's moralistic.

Emanuel Levy

Much of the dramatic juice and intrigue have been drained out of this old-fashioned costume drama, that in the hands of director Charles Shyer and actress Hilary Swank becomes stiff, stuffy, and banal affair.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

The film has a desperate, disjointed feel that suggests the filmmakers realized it wasn't working and kept trying, ineffectually, to fix it.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The storytelling is hopelessly compromised by the movie's decision to sympathize with Jeanne.

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Alan Dale

Swank's honest mistake is in trying to be worthy of a project that's beneath her.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Decent movie. Good cast. Apparently based on true-ish events, but much was added for theatrical purposes, I would think. Hilary Swank is good in everything she… More
Kylie B
It looks so stunning that you (or at least I) can take it seriously or not on whim.
Marion Ravenwood
The only reason I wanted to see this movie was because of Adrien Brody, But the parts he was in weren't worth watching the whole film for. I thought the… More