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  • Summary: Sofia Coppola brings to the screen a fresh interpretation of the life of legendary teenage queen Marie Antoinette, France's most misunderstood monarch. (Sony)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 37
  2. Negative: 5 out of 37
  1. 100
    Kristen Dunst is pitch-perfect in the title role.
  2. 88
    Coppola works in weird ways, but the real Versailles was so much weirder.
  3. In the revisionist Marie Antoinette, writer-director Sofia Coppola and actress Kirsten Dunst take a remote and no doubt misunderstood historical figure, the controversial and often despised Queen of France at the time of the French Revolution, and brings her into sharp focus as a living, breathing human being with flaws, foibles, passions, intelligence and warm affections.
  4. This is one of the most immediate, personal costume dramas ever made, and so it's not unseemly to consider how the writer-director and her heroine overlap.
  5. 60
    Precious little history of any kind shows its face in Marie Antoinette. The omission is strategic.
  6. 58
    Despite the dominant air of foolishness, the filmmaking is lush, lively and intelligent, but the gap between the direction and the script is appalling.
  7. 10
    Reports of boos at the film's debut at Cannes are more understandable now, not because Marie Antoinette is an inaccurate or indifferent look at French history (it is), but because it's self-indulgent shit. Booing - and beheading - are too good for it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 117
  2. Negative: 40 out of 117
  1. Aug 14, 2013
    10
    Love this movie, one of my favorites, love everything: Kirsten, the dresses, the acting, ESPECIALLY love Coppola for making my favorite movie. Why is that people don't like it? its perfect. Gorgeous. Delighting. I 've re watched it soooo many times Expand
  2. SusieS.
    Oct 22, 2006
    10
    it was a gorgeous film that was a lot deeper than it initially seemed.
  3. cyns
    Jul 21, 2007
    9
    Wow! This movie is nearly perfect. The direction, acting, screenplay and cinematography were brilliant!
  4. RandyB
    Oct 30, 2006
    7
    A visual marvel, MARIE ANTOINETTE recreates the look of the period flawlessly and sets it to a divine soundtrack of mostly 80's gems. I enjoyed it, but it is definitely not for everyone (for the most part if you consider yourself a manly man who watches ESPN and the like, you will hate this film). I appreciate it more looking back on it than I did when I was sitting in the theatre. There were many moments where I was saying "Hurry it up already! Enough pretty redundancy!" Yet looking back later I realized that those redundant moments were what Marie's life was about, and that it sets up for the brilliantly executed ending. I was looking forward to seeing Kirsten Dunst (as Marie of course) get decapitated, but the way Sofia Coppola bypasses that grim scenario and the audience's morbid enthusiasm is incredible. I personally would've rather seen someone like Reese Witherspoon cast, but Dunst wasn't too bad in the role. It's not that she couldn't act the part, just that she doesn't look the era. It's like casting Winona Ryder in THE CRUCIBLE and expecting me to believe that she comes from the 17th century. The commentary heard echoed throughout many reviews is that it wasn't historically accurate, but if they paid attention they'd realize that the film wasn't supposed to be. It's based on a work of fiction, not on history. Taken as it is MARIE ANTOINETTE is a pretty good, ultimately touching film, it's just not entirely as perfect as it seemed to be. But then again neither was that world. Expand
  5. CateE.
    Feb 21, 2007
    4
    Visually stunning, but how long can that sustain a movie for. You start to wonder during if you're watching Marie Antoinette being self indulgent, or Copala's self-indulgent movie. Expand
  6. JochenR
    Oct 26, 2006
    3
    The Marie Antoinette documentary on the Biography channel was more exciting and more accurate than the film. The music was the worst I have ever heard for a film. I thought in the beginning that I was in the wrong movie. Modern rock and roll music does not go with this film... Sorry! Expand
  7. JohanS.
    Oct 12, 2006
    0
    Perhaps the worst historical timepiece ever made.

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