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  • Summary: This film expertly mixes comedy, tragedy and melodrama to tell the emotionally gripping story of the intersecting lives of two former lovers. (Wellspring Media)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. It's hugely ambitious, with a sweeping range of character types, frequently shifting moods, stylistic flourishes of many kinds, and some mighty wry satire, aimed largely at the world of psychotherapy.
  2. 100
    With all his artifice, his prodigious narrative risks and seemingly undisciplined mélange of styles and tones, Desplechin has made a film that feels more like real life than anything I've seen in years, from any source. It's a masterpiece.
  3. A remarkable though sometimes frustrating film.
  4. Both these stories, which of course develop further, are more engaging than they may sound, because Desplechin directs them so intelligently and because they are so well acted.
  5. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    A true emotional epic.
  6. Late in his new film Kings and Queen, the wildly gifted French director Arnaud Desplechin yanks the rug from under his characters and sends both them and us reeling.
  7. 70
    This movie, however incomplete and frustrating, is also fully alive and extraordinarily intelligent.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. AntonK.
    Aug 30, 2005
    Fantastic, multi layered complex film. full of emotion. superb performances.
  2. Goran
    Oct 15, 2005
    A unique, energetic, shape-shifting masterpiece - any time you think you're about to get a comfortable handle on it, it peels back a layer. For every second of its two and a half hours, it kept me glued to my seat (and it was a particularly exhausting day). The entire cast is wonderful (though Emmanuelle Devos is clearly rising to Goddess status now) and there's too many wonderfully imaginative scenes to name here - but I particularly loved the dream sequences, the dead father's revelation and the convenience store robbery. It's a bizarrely funny, profoundly moving, great great picture. Expand
  3. claire
    Oct 24, 2005
    Sublime acting. each scene was such a gem.
  4. JoeJ.
    Apr 25, 2006
    A little too messy, and despite the devastating reversals, still too sentimental. I looked over Andrew O'Hehir's review after watching this, curious to see why someone could love it so much. It's clear the man is completely infatuated with the lead actress. "We bow to her superiority, yearn for her destruction and marvel at her resiliency..." ??? Well, Andy does, but not me. I thought Mathieu Amalric's character was far more interesting - he starts out as an annoying, arrogant flake but matures a great deal throughout the picture. Not bad, but overrated. Expand
  5. CharlesM.Jr
    Dec 14, 2005
    I purchased this move based on the high score from critics. Mistake! Halfway into this film, it became unwatchable. I wanted to enjoy it but came away feeling let down. There were moments of good drama and some funny scenes but overall it seemed to lack a cohesive storyline and became a disjointed movie. Definitely not on par with some good French cinema. Expand
  6. TimothyD.
    Jan 28, 2006
    A major disappointment -- fatally overlong and grossly melodramatic. I give it a 4 instead of a 1 because of the work of the actorrs, who are this film's saving grace. Expand
  7. MaryC
    Aug 24, 2005
    A precious few moments of real emotion, but mostly an overwrought, rambling mess of inconsistent characters with incomprehensible motivations that was neither touching nor funny. As to the reviewers--I think the emperor has no clothes. Expand

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