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  • Summary: Lovely, repressed and quietly intelligent, French chambermaid Hélène discovers she has a knack for chess. This obsession—much to the chagrin of her husband and teenaged daughter—leads her to seek the clandestine tutelage of a reclusive American doctor—a liaison that radically transforms bothLovely, repressed and quietly intelligent, French chambermaid Hélène discovers she has a knack for chess. This obsession—much to the chagrin of her husband and teenaged daughter—leads her to seek the clandestine tutelage of a reclusive American doctor—a liaison that radically transforms both of their lackluster lives. (Zeitgeist Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 31, 2011
    90
    In small but significant ways, Queen to Play defies expectations. It dangles the possibility of an affair between Hélène and Kröger in games that the film likens to courtship rituals in a classic screwball comedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Jun 16, 2011
    88
    Bonnaire, whose films include "Vagabond" and "Monsieur Hire," gets Helene just right, registering her joys and disappointments with finesse.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Mar 28, 2011
    80
    Like Sebastian Silva's "The Maid," Queen posits a radically different approach to class and gender empowerment.
  4. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Mar 29, 2011
    70
    The supporting cast is uniformly fine, but the film rests on the delicate shoulders of Bonnaire, who carries it with a soulful, magnetic presence.
  5. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    May 5, 2011
    70
    Subplots involving the heroine's resentful husband and rebellious teenage daughter never amount to much, though the story builds toward a satisfactory, if formulaic, climax when the woman dares to compete in a tournament against a succession of smug bourgeois men.
  6. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Mar 31, 2011
    58
    Queen To Play has a winning heroine, who fantasizes about being special and then works hard to make it happen. Too bad the rest of the movie is so common.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Mar 29, 2011
    40
    Queen to Play does slightly buck convention by depicting intellectual development (rather than lovey-dovey triumph) as the key to reshaping identity, as well as a form of class advancement and spiritual enlightenment. Such notions, however, are drowned out by deafeningly creaky conventions of cutesy self-discovery.

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  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 7, 2011
    7
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