The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss)
The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017)

A riveting World War II thriller that is filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, The Exception follows German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 2, 2017
DVD Release Date: August 8, 2017
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) elegantly blends well-dressed period romance and war drama into a solidly crafted story further elevated by Christopher Plummer's excellent work and the efforts of a talented supporting cast.

Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

For all its late-in-the-game silliness, "The Exception" is a solidly acted, well-told tale about how love of country holds up in the face of other, less nationalistic passions.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

For the most part it works, both as a bizarre romance and a fanciful World War II almost-thriller.

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M. Faust
The Public (Buffalo)

Freely adapted from Alan Judd's novel The Kaiser's Last Kiss, The Exception is the kind of historical adaptation the British excel at, resulting in so many recent television series that keep people glued to Netflix and Hulu.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The stakes are high, with world war on the horizon, but events in this story don't build to anything really big.

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Peter Debruge
Variety

Elegant, well-acted and a good deal sexier than the material might suggest.

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Robert Denerstein
Denerstein Unleashed

A brilliant Christopher Plummer plays the Kaiser as a character reminiscent of a Tolstoy creation, an intelligent but mildly deluded ruler who never has accepted his fall from power.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

It's hopeless tosh - but expertly done hopeless tosh.

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Leslie Felperin
Hollywood Reporter

Both [James] and Courtney are lovely to look at and suit the costume designer Daniela Ciancio's finely calibrated period outfits.

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Indra Arriaga
Anchorage Press

The Exception treats the horrific historical realities of the Holocaust as mere suggestions of contextual plot, thus minimizing the horror, inhumanity, and affront to human dignity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
"The Exception" lives up to its name: it is exceptional. The acting, costumes, sets and story are all very fine. A quality film doesn't have to… More