Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. This complex, sophisticated and increasingly suspenseful tale of love and betrayal, intrigue and redemption, is as elegant as its star and its settings.
  2. 90
    It's all about having your intelligence -- emotional, spiritual, cerebral -- respected. Garcia does that; Place Vendôme does that.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    Taut and nuanced from start to finish, with memorable, lived-in central characters and an appealingly melancholy tone, helmer/co-scripter Nicole Garcia’s third feature has what it takes.
  4. 88
    This human level is always there beneath the thriller elements. The screenplay takes care to bring the crime story and the personal histories together, so that even the crossed lines of romance work as plot points, not just sentiment.
  5. 83
    Long and slow, granted, but it's so peppered with moments of realism and nuanced craft that it continually rewards careful viewing.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    Fascinating noir, which will long be remembered for its extraordinary lead performance by Catherine Deneuve.
  7. May have some of the trappings of an exotic thriller, but it's basically a character study.
  8. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    It's rare that a crime movie achieves such emotional complexity, but this one is smartly layered.
  9. Overall a well-played chess match of a movie.
  10. Consistently absorbing as the amazing Deneuve reveals, scene by scene, new facets of a fascinating character in a mercantile war that involves equal parts greed and vanity.
  11. Garcia's dialogue is wonderfully crafted, short, sharp and resonant, and her elegant direction is delicate and handsome.
  12. This is a quiet thriller and a middle-aged romance, and it's full of desperation and oozing anxiety.
  13. A slow and knotted-up film, but one imbued with a keen sense of what motivates people beyond mere avarice.
  14. 70
    In spite of its many flaws, the film never loses its focus on its fascinating central figure.
  15. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Deneuve has never been better.
  16. 70
    Inept as a thriller, Place Vendôme nevertheless intrigues.
  17. When Deneuve is not onscreen, the film is never denuff.
  18. Heavy-handed, predictable and almost completely unbelievable.

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