Hollywood Reporter - 02/09/2012
"[An] extraordinarily atmospheric costumer....FAREWELL, MY QUEEN is a visual joy..."
Wall Street Journal - 07/12/2012
"Diane Kruger's queen, a mature beauty mourning the loss of her youth, is a vivid portrait of willfulness, childishness and genuine neediness. And the fabric of the production is elegant..."
New York Times - 07/16/2012
"[A] tense, absorbing, pleasurably original look at three days in the life and lies of a doomed monarch..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/12/2012
"FAREWELL, MY QUEEN offers an intoxicating opportunity to eavesdrop on history, to be a fly on the wall at the great palace at Versailles as an old order starts its slow-motion collapse into the dustbin of history."
Film Comment - 07/01/2012
"Jacquot's mercurial Marie Antoinette is flighty, affectionate, damaged, sorrowful, cruel, and ultimately heartbreaking....She remains a fascinating engima, and touchingly human."
Movieline - 07/12/2012
"The picture coasts along quite nicely on the strength of its contemplative sensuality, its macaroon colors, and the exquisite beauty of its three chief actresses..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 07/18/2012 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[This] engrossing film tells a story we know well, seen from a point of view we may not have considered..."
A.V. Club - 07/12/2012
"[A] mildly eroticized, and beautifully appointed costume drama....[The] surface is gorgeous." -- Grade: B
Director Benoît Jacquot adapted Chantal Thomas' bestselling novel examining the genesis of the French Revolution as witnessed from the perspective of the servants closest to Marie Antoinette. July 1789: Versailles. As the people of France rise up against King Louie XVI (Xavier Beauvois), the frightened sovereigns begin plotting their escape. Sidonie Laborde (Léa Seydoux) is the Queen's reader, and as such enjoys the many lavish privileges of being in the monarch's entourage. She sees herself as an extended member of the royal family, so when Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger) requests that Sidonie don the Queen's clothing and flee in her carriage, the naïve servant views it as a tremendous honor. Meanwhile, the Queen herself plots to escape the palace under the cover of darkness, leaving her most loyal servant at the mercy of the raging mob.