Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jan 4, 2012
    The result at times approaches screwball comedy. But no, this isn't deliberate comedy. It's essentially realistic. It's simply that the real lives of these figures are funny.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Nov 12, 2011
    Still, I prefer a bit more drama in my political docudramas. The Conquest never really breaks out of its genre in the way that, say, "The Queen" or "Il Divo" or the more fictionalized "In the Loop" did.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Nov 10, 2011
    The movie, which begins with Mr. Sarkozy's election-night victory in May 2007, only intermittently rises above the tone of an arch, sniping drawing-room comedy peopled with mild caricatures.
  4. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Nov 10, 2011
    A smart, involving and strikingly adult drama about Sarkozy's rise to power.
  5. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Jan 5, 2012
    This French biopic of Nicolas Sarkozy plays like a competent TV miniseries, moving briskly and focusing on the hustle and bustle of electoral politics as the protagonist climbs toward the presidency.
  6. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Nov 11, 2011
    The film opens with a disclaimer: "Although based on real events and people, this is a work of fiction." There should be another warning: Unless you're up to date on French politics, a lot of Googling is needed to follow the players.
  7. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Nov 9, 2011
    The Conquest offers that familiar thrill of being allowed to peek behind the curtain and see what our leaders are really like, and while it's more rote than revelatory, that may be because the American way of wielding power - and telling stories about it - has gone global.
  8. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 8, 2011
    A drama about the dirty business of gaining power, it needs bared fangs - and more bite.
  9. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Nov 8, 2011
    Aided by an excellent ensemble cast, director Xavier Durringer and his co-scripter, Patrick Rotman, don't refrain from showing this truly repellent side of Sarko during his rise from minister of justice in 2002 to the highest elected office.
  10. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Jan 5, 2012
    The film is a vehement drama and a fitfully amusing snark fest set to Nicola Piovani's jaunty circus music. It winds up only half-succeeding at both.
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Nov 5, 2011
    Even as it takes pleasure in imagining the wheeling and dealing that politicos make when no one is looking, it never offers as much insight into the process by which a president is made as its premise would seem to promise.
  12. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Nov 17, 2011
    Where the film might have found its greater meaning is in the interplay between Sarkozy's public and private lives - an especially fertile ground here, given that wife Cecilia (Florence Pernel) was a key adviser and their very public separation threatened his eventual run for president.
  13. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Nov 7, 2011
    An amusing yet lightweight political farce.
  14. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Nov 7, 2011
    Picture takes genre helmer Xavier Durringer ("Chok-Dee") back to his theater roots, with most of the narrative mayhem and laughs coming from the picture's sharp dialogue and strong work by seasoned thesps, who just manage to avoid caricature.

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