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The Affair of the Necklace

  R HD Closed Captioning

Charles Shyer

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Plot Summary

The controversial true story of Jeanne De La Motte Valois stars Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank ("Million Dollar Baby," "Insomnia,"), as a countess whose name and title were stripped from her by the Royal Family, leaving her penniless in the late 18th Century. 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. This touching and dramatic story was nominated for an Academy Award for Costume Design. Starring Jonathan Pryce ("Brazil," "Ronin"), Academy Award-winner Christopher Walken ("Catch Me If You Can," "Pulp Fiction"), Joely Richardson ("The Patriot," "Return to Me") and Adrien Brody ("Liberty Heights," "The Jacket").

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 62
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 53
  • Average Rating: 3.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Shyer ... exhibits little flair for the ebb and flow of a costume caper movie. – John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The entire film seems a series of disjointed pieces, a screenful of iron filings waiting in vain for the magnet that will line them up in a unified field. – Jay Carr, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The storytelling is hopelessly compromised by the movie's decision to sympathize with Jeanne. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: The film has a desperate, disjointed feel that suggests the filmmakers realized it wasn't working and kept trying, ineffectually, to fix it. – Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


Who are you? John Ashcroft? Seriously. It's high time we taught young women growing up that there's nothing shameful about any part of their anatomy. Would you complain about a man without his shirt on? No. So what's wrong with a woman's breast? The source of life??? Your comment is truly chauvinistic. If you are a woman, I'm even more ashamed because you clearly have no love or respect for your body. If you're going to complain about this preview, why not worry about the violence of it, rather than some innocuous breast? Grow up. And, as another reviewer pointed out, the film is rated R. Isn't that your warning? (My apologies to iTunes users looking for a real review. I haven't seen the film, but I thought the issue was important enough to write a response to our disgruntled viewer below.)

The affair of the necklace

I have just rented this film. I had wanted to see it for many years, but I was put off on the reviews of Hillary Swank being miscast in the role. After reading the one star review against the film based on a breast being shown in a preview, I decided to make sure that itunes knows that I stand up against right wing censorship. For too long I have just stood by and have dismissed these kind of comments as ignorant and small minded. Now I see the repercussions for my silence. No more. What the right wing moralists do not realize is that you have finally unleashed my voice too. The body, the breast, is not immoral. Let me make this loud and clear: Stop forcing your just for kids morality on to me, my family, my community. We do not want it, and thanks for giving me a chance to give me my voice too.

Some people's kids. . .

I am laughing here reading the reviews of the people who, for some reason, let their children watch an R rated movie and then are surprised at seeing a breast. Seriously, maybe you need to take the time to LOOK AT WHAT IT SAYS RIGHT BENEATH THE PICTURE OF THE COVER OF THE MOVIE! It reads, and I quote, "Rated R for some sexuality."

Maybe someone needs to get hooked on phonics. And once you do that, you'll be able to read some books on parenting!

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