The Affair of the Necklace

The Affair of the Necklace
The Affair of the Necklace
  • R
  • 2h 0m
  • 2001
Rotten15%
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Jeanne de la Motte-Valois knows what she wants. She also knows how to get it – by conniving, deceiving and betraying. And by doing it so scandalously that it helps send Queen Marie Antoinette to the guillotine. Wealth and desire. Politics and corruption. Celebrity and sexuality. Jeanne combines them all in a scheme to acquire a diamond necklace that will enable her to buy back the royal status taken from her. Academy Award® winner* Hilary Swank (as Jeanne), Jonathan Pryce, Christopher Walken and others form the witty and wicked gallery of characters torn from history's pages yet embellished with modern imagination. And Charles Shyer directs this fact-based Affair whose eye-filling opulence includes filming at the spectacular Palace of Versailles.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Rotten15%
Critics Consensus: A film about court intrigue, The Affair of the Necklace turns out to be more dull than juicy. Swank seems flat and miscast in the central role of Jeanne.
Reviews
BBC.com
Almar Haflidason
Fresh

June 17, 2017
Globe and Mail
Rick Groen
Rotten

A cheap bauble of a flick.

June 17, 2017
Houston Chronicle
Eric Harrison
Rotten

The film has a desperate, disjointed feel that suggests the filmmakers realized it wasn't working...

June 17, 2017
BBC.com
Danny Graydon
Rotten

While director Charles Shyer ... may have succeeded in creating an appropriate environment for all...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Mature themes, big stars in French Rev. intrigue.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is brief female toplessness in what looks like a drug-sodden aristocratic orgy. The (unhappily married) heroine tries to have sex with her boyfriend; later her husband does the same with an actress. Violence includes shooting, beating, and kicking, soldiers executing a man, and a public whipping, branding, and execution by guillotine, though the filmmakers refrain from plunging us into all the ugly details; it's mostly quick MTV-style edits. One character is a corrupt, sexually active Catholic cardinal. Kids making the real-life Jeanne de la Motte-Valois their school-report heroine should know that historians (and even earlier movie adaptations) regard her negatively -- a dodgy con-artist, rather than the romanticized avenger admired here.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 30, 2001
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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