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Queen of the Desert

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning SDH

Werner Herzog

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About the Movie

Nicole Kidman and director Werner Herzog bring to life the extraordinary true story of a trailblazing woman who found freedom in the faraway world of the Middle East. Gertrude Bell (Kidman) chafes against the stifling rigidity of life in turn-of-the-century England, leaving it behind for a chance to travel to Tehran. So begins her lifelong adventure across the Arab world, a journey marked by danger, a passionate affair with a British officer (James Franco), and an encounter with the legendary T.E. Lawrence (Robert Pattinson). Stunningly shot on location in Morocco and Jordan, Queen of the Desert reveals how an ahead-of-her-time woman shaped the course of history.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 71
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 59
  • Average Rating: 4.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The main flaws in "Queen" ... are a lurching narrative coupled with dialogue awkwardness, and a blase approach to Bell's motivations. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Apr 6, 2017

Rotten: Herzog's latest narrative feature is a failure of such a baffling degree that it may leave you wondering whether he suffered sunstroke in the desert heat while filming it. – Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, Village Voice, Apr 5, 2017

Rotten: It's a great story, but the movie has a flatness that can't be denied. – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, Apr 5, 2017

Rotten: The script Herzog himself has written to dramatize Bell's life, and the film he has made from that script, is laughably hollow and inert. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Apr 6, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Nicole Kidman is fantastic

Don't understand such harsh reviews. Maybe not the best Herzog film but Nicole Kidman is fantastic as Gertrude Bell - she totally elevated whatever she is in and makes this one worth watching. What an amazing woman Bell was (she was Lawerence of Arabia before Lawrence). Fantastic story and like in all of Herzog's narratives the locations themselves is incredibly beautiful. Worth a look for Kidman alone - one of the best actresses working today.


As usual a pretty good performance by Ms Kidman but what Robert Pattinson was doing in this movie is beyond me. One of the worse performances. His screen time was extremely limited and he did not make an impression during that brief time. Movie itself was a soso drama in real life with very little drama!

Good historical drama

This movie is good for those looking for a historical period piece on a real life person. While maybe not. 90% it certainly doesn't deserve such a low rating.

Queen of the Desert
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2017

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