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The Favourite

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees ... [+]
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United StatesUnited States M
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"Lanthimos' renegade deviltry turns a period piece into a bawdy, brilliant triumph. Expect Oscar to bow down to Stone, Weisz and the mighty Colman (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
"A wicked delight (...) In addition to its sumptuous visuals and delectable wit, this must-see Fox Searchlight release offers a balanced triumvirate of formidable female leads"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Owen Gleiberman
"Savagely witty and stylish (...) A finely executed, coldly entertaining entry in the genre"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Michael Nordine
"Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz are a majestic triumvirate in a period piece that's as tragic as it is hilarious."  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Stephanie Zacharek
"The humor is sharp and dry and sometimes bawdy, though there are moments of surprising tenderness too (...) [Lanthimos] shapes this fascinating material beautifully"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Brian Truitt
USA Today
"An abundantly entertaining gem for those allergic to fussier looks at history, wrapping royal ambitions and a war of manners in high-end farcical comedy (…) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Bilge Ebiri
LA Weekly
"[It] takes to scabrous new levels (...) [the] director’s fascination with the absurdity of social mores and the thin line between power and humiliation."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
A. O. Scott
The New York Times
"A wildly entertaining, bracingly cynical comedy (...) A farce with teeth, a costume drama with sharp political instincts and an aggressive sense of the absurd."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Anthony Lane
The New Yorker
"Lanthimos is not one of nature’s cheerleader(...) and yet, from the mean and grasping shenanigans that pass for a plot, there rises an unmistakable whiff of—believe it or not—fun."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Leonardo Goi
The Film Stage
"A triumph of production and costume design (...) 'The Favourite' is a joy for the eyes (...) A zany, piercing close-up on three women"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Katie Rife
AV Club
"A sharp-tongued costume drama with a delirious, disorienting edge (...) Is this the first Yorgos Lanthimos film that can be called genuinely fun?"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Joe Morgenstern
The Wall Street Journal
"Olivia Colman is simply dazzling as a fragile, volatile and sometimes dotty Queen Anne (...) A zestful period piece directed by Lanthimos."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
"Part of what makes 'The Favourite' such nasty fun is that it’s never clear who’s going to come out on top."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Tomris Laffly
"[It] is simply awe-inspiring in the way it harbors serious themes and anxieties about womanhood underneath a deceptively feather-light surface (…) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 4)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Robbie Collin
"This is a skewer-sharp and scabrously funny film, stuffed with quotable deadpan exchanges (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"Colman excels herself (...) It is a scabrous and often hilarious film (...) Olivia Colman’s queen is a really funny creation (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Lee Marshall
"The energy generated by three talents at the top of their game and the energy generated by their characters swirl and merge in a perfect storm"  POS
CanadaCanada M
Thomas Humphrey
Screen Anarchy
"The results are excellent (...) [It] captures wonderfully the sheer eccentricity of British aristocracy (...) If you love alternative, off-beat British satire, this period comedy is definitely for you"  POS
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