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      The Affair of the Necklace

      R Released Nov 30, 2001 2h 0m History Drama Romance List
      15% Tomatometer 62 Reviews 42% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Romantic drama based on the controversial true story of Jeanne De La Motte Valois, a countess whose name was stripped from her by the Royal Family during the late 18th Century. The story of her fight to restore her name and proper place in society is filled with mystery, intrigue and desire, with an infamous diamond necklace at the center of it all. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Rent Now

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      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.

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      Empire Magazine Rated: 2/5 Dec 30, 2006 Full Review Ella Taylor L.A. Weekly Jeanne is no fun at all. Oct 2, 2002 Full Review Rick Groen Globe and Mail A cheap bauble of a flick. Rated: 1.5/4 Mar 22, 2002 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...what really sinks the film is its script... Rated: 2/4 Feb 8, 2015 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Much of the dramatic juice and intrigue have been drained out of this old-fashioned costume drama, that in the hands of director Charles Shyer and actress Hilary Swank becomes stiff, stuffy, and banal affair. Rated: D- Dec 1, 2005 Full Review Alan Dale Blogcritics.org Swank's honest mistake is in trying to be worthy of a project that's beneath her. Feb 1, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D You screwed up badly if you can't even make Swank believable. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Serge L The true story seems to have been cleaned for the film, but it adheres to the historical account somewhat. Jeanne seemed to have been quite a liar in real life while Hilary is scrumptious and hautaine. Good story for the film, comedic at times. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/12/18 Full Review Audience Member Interesting story. Beautiful cinematography. Yet another sociological take on the excess that led to the French Revolution. And yet, the movie is somehow flat. It is okay watching. But it really could have been done better Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member I only gave this two stars because the costumes and scenery was well done. As someone who respects and appreciates history, I was appalled at the absurd depiction of a known thief, liar, and prostitute (Hilary Swanks character) twisted to be a victim. Jeanne De La Motte was manipulative, conniving, and low class. In real life, her father was a drunkard, her mother a maid, and her only claim to royalty was speculative. I could not feel sorry for her character and the vilification of Marie Antoinette was also false. Hilary Swank was awkward a and to claim this story as true is about as successful as this movie did in the theater Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member I'm not sure why I never saw this movie. I enjoyed it. The intrigue kept me engaged throughout. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Rather dull and undramatic historical piece that plays loose with the facts and seems uncertain about its tone. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Romantic drama based on the controversial true story of Jeanne De La Motte Valois, a countess whose name was stripped from her by the Royal Family during the late 18th Century. The story of her fight to restore her name and proper place in society is filled with mystery, intrigue and desire, with an infamous diamond necklace at the center of it all.
      Director
      Charles Shyer
      Producer
      Charles Shyer, Redmond Morris, Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson
      Screenwriter
      John Sweet
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      Alcon Entertainment
      Rating
      R (Some Sexuality)
      Genre
      History, Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 30, 2001, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 1, 2009
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $430.3K
      Runtime
      2h 0m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby SR, DTS, Dolby Stereo, Surround, SDDS, Dolby A, Dolby Digital
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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