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Madame Bovary


The classic story of Emma Bovary, the beautiful wife of a small-town doctor in 19th century France, who engages in extra marital affairs in an attempt to advance her social status.

Actors: Morfydd Clark , Luke Tittensor , Richard Cordery , Logan Marshall-Green , Rhys Ifans , Paul Giamatti , Henry Lloyd-Hughes , Laura Carmichael , Ezra Miller , Mia Wasikowska
Directors: Sophie Barthes
Release: 2015-06-12
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  • Keith Phipps

    The characters occupy homes where nothing is ever out of order, but Barthes creates a sense of unease that never lets up, and a suggestion of chaos underlying all the neatly arranged possessions in the Bovary home.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Measured and absorbing rather than deeply compelling or vital, this latest adaptation of a rarely well-filmed novel makes a strong effort to capture the stiflingly provincial world that Flaubert was able to describe in such precise, painstaking detail on the page.

    Variety Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Handsomely mounted, period perfect and starring the empathetic Mia Wasikowska in the title role, the new Madame Bovary narrows the scope and finds a different focus within Gustave Flaubert’s novel.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Clayton Dillard

    Sophie Barthes neglects to thoroughly conceive of Emma's plight, instead making only sporadic gestures to it.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Look closely and you may see that this madame is alive in all sorts of ways. At least for its first half, this is a textured, haunted, remarkably empathetic film.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Graham Fuller

    Sophie Barthes directs this gloom-laden English-language version of Gustave Flaubert’s novel. The tragedy accelerates impressively, but the well-acted film doesn’t leave us wiser about the enigmatic, ever-doomed figure at the center of things.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    The film spends more time lingering on Emma's love affairs than it does in making sense of them; her declarations of passion and despair lack both.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Catherine Shoard

    The presence of Sophie Barthes behind the camera does not amplify sympathy for our heroine. Rather, the opposite: if anything Barthes seems less in her allure, less tolerant of her tiffs, full-throttle with the vanity and the selfishness.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Wasikowska gives a solid, emotionally precise performance, ably supported by the men around her (especially Ifans, who relishes Monsieur Lheureux’s unctuous cajolery), and the result is intelligent and eminently watchable.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    Finally, a woman — Sophie Barthes — has directed and co-written a film version of Madame Bovary, but strangely, that doesn’t result in any more richness or enlightenment. Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The Normandy locations are evocative, but director Sophie Barthes compresses Emma’s multiyear rise and fall into what seems like a month or so.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    What wildness there is in this Madame Bovary belongs to Ms. Wasikowska, an actress who is frequently more interesting than her material.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    [Barthes'] measured, distanced style brings a certain stiffness to the proceedings and makes us miss even more than usual the Emma Bovary interior monologue that makes the book so memorable.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Farran Smith Nehme

    The seething passions of Flaubert’s characters are absent, except when Rhys Ifans (as a greedy merchant) or the splendidly ruthless Marshall-Green are in the room.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    The results are realistic and refined, but uneven and disappointing.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Lead Mia Wasikowska looks convincingly miserable in the role of a young wife who's driven to seek her pleasures outside the marital bed, but whatever complexities roil in the character's heart and head are nowhere to be found on her face.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    An uninspired narrative and disengaged performances ultimately keep persuasive deep feeling and captivation at a far distance.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    Watching Madame Bovary, you find yourself wishing that Barthes had done something, anything with Flaubert’s novel other than slap it up on the screen as yet another tale of woe from long ago.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Unfortunately, Barthes brings nothing new to the familiar story.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
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