The Conquest
The Conquest (2011)

The Conquest chronicles the volatile right-leaning Nicolas Sarkozy's startling rise to become President of France and the emotional and psychological stakes involving the conquest of power. On the day the diminutive Sarkozy conquered… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 11, 2011
DVD Release Date: April 10, 2012
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The Sarkozy story glistens, snakelike.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Too often ... the jaunty, overeager background music seems to be underscoring jokes the action doesn't provide.

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Sarah Boslaugh

The Conquest does not aspire to Shakespearean heights (press notes to the contrary) but remains more on the level of a well-made movie of the week...

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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic

The dialogue is punchy, but the film lacks visual personality, and the insights into Sarkozy and France as a whole don't cut very deep.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Sarkozy seems to mean exactly what he says, even when he's lying for his cause, and Podalydès has the skill to demonstrate that.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Maybe a documentary would have done the job better.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"The Conquest" is like a French restaurant that serves small portions of tart appetizers and calls them freedom fries, yet begrudgingly we must salute the gall.

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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle

The film is a vehement drama and a fitfully amusing snark fest set to Nicola Piovani's jaunty circus music. It winds up only half-succeeding at both.

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Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

The performances are convincing, but American audiences may find little to care about in the Gallic-specific backstage machinations of Sarkozy's ascendancy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
As Nicholas Sarkozy(Denis Podalydes) wakes up on election day in 2007, it starts out well enough as he wins the vote in New York and Israel. But he is still… More