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January 19, 2019
Like a courtier waiting interminably for an audience with the monarch, the tedium outweighs the anticipation.
January 19, 2019
Surprisingly unmemorable and monotonous, and has essentially been done before, in much better ways, by the likes of Marie Antoinette, Love and Friendship, and even Blackadder!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 3, 2019
Those excellent performances salvaged The Favourite from being a trainwreck.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
March 6, 2019
Despite the empathy that actors have for their characters, the hyper ironic and self-aware stylisation gives Lanthimos a smug authoritative 'smartness' over everything depicted on-screen.
December 14, 2018
The music was beautiful, the acting was wonderful, but it's 100-percent a movie I won't remember exists a month from had good stuff in it, but it just wasn't good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 19, 2018
The characters as written never achieve the resonance that would keep viewers engaged and invested in them. They remain pawns in an exercise of mannered absurdity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 1, 2019
The Favourite was not my favorite film of the year, though the costumes are magnificent. Rather than a humorous film, I thought it a sad, tragic story of royalty and aristocrats fighting over status and playing at governing.
January 18, 2019
There are certain suggestive symbolisms, but the duration is not directly proportional to the level of depth that it reaches. [Full review in Spanish]
October 22, 2018
The Favourite enjoys being whimsical and allows itself to run wild, but that's also part of its downfall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 26, 2018
The humor in The Favourite requires a level of estrangement and distance with history and the upper-class.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 8, 2018
No amount of ostentation proves sufficient to spruce up the insipid narrative, which strains to fulfil its two-hour running time as if it were a requirement of seriousness.
January 4, 2019
While these three headlining performances are fine, soon the nastiness takes over and things stop being quite so funny... Lanthimos' film is still strong, sometimes brilliantly funny stuff for the first half, but eventually it turns altogether too grim.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
November 20, 2018
As compelling as it is to watch, this film is also a reminder that sometimes you can respect the hell out of something and still be miserable as hell watching it.
December 12, 2018 a failed attempt to make a Peter Greenaway film, though without any of his imagination or instinctual flair.
Full Review | Original Score: 12/20
December 28, 2018
The film is largely an ornately staged, staid wordfest. It features the odd cuss word, naughty sex and some brutal behaviour, but none of the director's stylistic touches make up for the film's overall lack of tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 6, 2018
Despite its talented cast, the film feels a little under-cooked to truly warrant a seat on the throne.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
October 2, 2018
What [his] tools primarily do is create a fantastic sense of suspense, to have us begging to know how he could possibly wrap it all up. The answer is, he can't, not in a way that satisfies.
January 7, 2019
"The Favourite" isn't even a pale imitation of the sardonic satire that it aspires to. Where is the Marquis de Sade when you need him most?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 19, 2019
The Favourite is full of vibrant colors, opulent sets, lush costumes, blood oranges, tea cakes, and a world of sensory delights. But none of it is beautiful.
April 19, 2019
Terrific turns from a talented triumvirate -- Colman, Weisz, and Stone -- cannot compensate for "The Favourite"'s calculated archness (and ickiness).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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