Saturday, May 18, 2024

“Napoleon” Faces New Waterloo With Negative Reviews, Joaquin Phoenix Attends Paris Premiere But Snubs Press, Leaves Early


Ridley Scott’s “Napoleon” is meeting a new Waterloo.

Last night in Paris, star Joaquin Phoenix showed up with wife Rooney Mara, bypassed the press, and left the screening early according to Variety.

At least got a first class trip to Paris, right?

Reviews for “Napoleon” are mixed to negative, with Rotten Tomatoes current score at 62% — and falling. I’m sorry I missed last night’s screening in New York. Apparently, “Napoleon” is very funny, which is not what you’d expect from an epic about a man who looted the world as he pillaged it.

Vanessa Kirby, however, is getting good notices as Josephine.

Among the publications that didn’t like it: Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, and The Wrap. In Variety, Peter DeBruge wrote: “Napoleon ultimately suffers from the same problem as its subject: The film’s ambitions are greater than the people demand, as Scott bites off more than he can manage.”

“Napoleon” opens next week.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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