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6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5

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  1. Aug 24, 2013
    10
    Gorgeous direction, every shot beautiful. Perfect, subtle acting. The New York Times reviewer said Tautou "one note" but whit her very handsome and expressive costar, it was ensemble cast. Even the servants seemed perfect recreations of the historical period. The plot was interesting and clever. I can't believe I never heard of it as much as Madame Bovary.
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49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Sep 19, 2013
    75
    The movie looks great, with soft-focus shots of perfectly tailored outfits masking the ugliness within.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Sep 9, 2013
    50
    Serviceable but uninspired.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Aug 31, 2013
    50
    With the exception of one heartbreaking and well-acted scene towards the end of the movie, the atmosphere is oppressive and the characters act as if their personalities have been shot with novocaine.