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Marie Antoinette (2006)



Critic Consensus: Lavish imagery and a daring soundtrack set this film apart from most period dramas; in fact, style completely takes precedence over plot and character development in Coppola's vision of the doomed queen.

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Biopic of the beautiful Queen of France who became a symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th century monarchy, and was stripped of her riches and finery, imprisoned and beheaded by her own subjects during the French Revolution that began in 1789.

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Kirsten Dunst
as Marie Antoinette
Jason Schwartzman
as King Louis XVI
Judy Davis
as Contesse de Noailles
Rip Torn
as King Louis XV
Asia Argento
as Madame du Barry
Rose Byrne
as Duchesse de Polignac
Molly Shannon
as Aunt Victoire
Shirley Henderson
as Aunt Sophie
Marianne Faithfull
as Empress Maria Teresa
Mary Nighy
as Princesse Lamballe
Sarah Adler
as Comtesse d'Artois
James Lance
as Leonard
Jamie Dornan
as Count Fersen
Al Weaver
as Comte d'Artois
Tom Hardy
as Raumont
Clara Brajman
as Austrian Girlfriend No. 1
Mélodie Berenfeld
as Austrian Girlfriend No. 2
Sebastian Armesto
as Comte de Provence
Steve Coogan
as Ambassador Mercy
Jean-Christophe Bouvet
as Duc de Choiseul
Io Bottoms
as Lady in Waiting No. 1
Céline Sallette
as Lady in Waiting No. 2
André Oumansky
as Cardinal de la Roche Aymon
Aurore Clement
as Duchesse de Char
lo Bottoms
as Lady-in-Waiting
Jean-Paul Scarpitta
as Baron Scarpitta
Camille Miceli
as Grand Chambellan
Paul Fortune
as Duc Fortune
Clémentine Poidatz
as Comtesse de Provence
Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni
as Comtesse de Cavazzoni
Alexia Landeau
as Comtesse de la Londe
Joe Sheridan
as Catty Courtier
Katrine Boorman
as The English Duchess
Jean-Marc Stehle
as Doctor Lassonne
Paul Jasmin
as Baron Jasmin
Mathieu Amalric
as Man at Masked Ball
Carlo Brandt
as Palace Gardener
Raphael Neal
as Garden Page
John Arnold
as Minister of Finances
Francis Leplay
as Doctor Delivery Provence
Scali Delpeyrat
as Doctor Delivery M-A
Lauriane Mascaro
as Marie Therese-2 years
John P. Arnold
as Minister of Finances
Florrie Betts
as Marie Therese-6 years
Jago Betts
as Dauphin-2 years
Driss Hugo-Kalff
as Dauphin-2 years
Gaëlle Bona
as Girl at Petit Trianon
Fabrice Scott
as King's Messenger
Alain Doutey
as Chief Valet
William Doherty
as Councilman
Joseph Malerba
as Queen's Guard
Axel Küng
as Dauphin 2 Years
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Critic Reviews for Marie Antoinette

All Critics (214) | Top Critics (64)

Whatever the film's structural failings and historical gaps, it's great to see such a distinctive directorial vision coming out of Hollywood.

April 1, 2019 | Full Review… ambitious, affecting, truly distinctive piece of work, albeit one that will tell you more about 1780s footwear than about the causes and effects of the French Revolution.

April 1, 2019

Drawn from Antonia Fraser's biography - or riffing on it - this slyly seditious comedy escorts sacred verities of French history and culture to the scaffold.

April 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Marie Antoinette is about confinement in a gilded cage, and, perversely or not, shows itself far more interested in the cage than in the prisoner.

April 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Sofia Coppola's giddy, girly and defiantly revisionist Marie Antoinette didn't deserve the reaction it got in Cannes earlier this year.

April 1, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

For all its visual sumptuousness, this film lacks any emotional muscle. There isn't even a twitch of emotional muscle.

August 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Marie Antoinette


Dunst brings flair to her performance. Of course, the costumes and scenery are spectacular. The drama itself was a little lacking.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

I upped my rating by a full star after giving this a second watch. By many standards, this is a decent movie: production design, unconventional story, anachronistically perfect soundtrack, beautiful shot composition, and some subtly excellent acting. But by another standard, it's on the long side for what it is, it doesn't really get interesting until the second hour and its ending is preceded by some leaden expositional scenes that remind us we're on the brink of the French Revolution. I also think buried in here is a valuable point about contemporary conceptions of status, celebrity, wealth and the like; Sofia Coppola doesn't seem to show much sympathy for the French royals, and in fact, she gives us the elegantly irreverent Dunst as the title character and shows a clear movement in the character from discomfort to full-blown disdain for the family she married into. On the whole, it's not quite sure what kind of film it's trying to be, though it's got plenty of strong moments and is exquisitely shot. I was wrong about it the first time through: it's not a bad movie, it's just a bad movie for Sofia Coppola. Her work is generally incredible, but I'd call this a bit of a misfire.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

It was not as bad as I expected, but the soundtrack was awful!

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

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