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6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

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Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

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  1. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    40
    This glimpse into a decadent era has its charms, but they’re mostly visual. While Pfeiffer and Friend perform well, the script is tonally confused and lacks edge.
  2. Michelle Pfeiffer is brittle in a way that's not especially French, but she's poignant and very lovely. Rupert Friend, on the other hand, is difficult to warm up to, especially with his features hidden behind all that hair. It's not a good sign when you have to take the movie's word for it that the lovers at its center are really, really into each other.
  3. Actors blossom under Frears' direction. There is no false moment or off-key note in this movie.