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  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

drama, romance

Starring Uma Thurman (The Avengers, Pulp Fiction), Gerard Depardieu (The Man In The Iron Mask) and Tim Roth (Rob Roy), Vatel is based on the true story of an ordinary man, a decadent king and the woman caught between them!

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Una cinta digna de verse, y visualmente deliciosa.

- Alex Ramirez, Cinenganos, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: The richest and most intriguing portrait of period piece duty and subjugated happiness since The Remains of the Day.

- Brent Simon, Entertainment Today, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- David Sterritt, Film Scouts, Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A quite entertaining costume drama filled with intrigue and debauchery. Integrity was highly prized and rarely found in the court of Louis XIV. Vatel (Gerard Depardieu) is in charge of providing lavish entertainment and banquets for the king's visit and discharges his duties without flaw. So much so, that his services are required at Versailles, but at a cost too dear for this man of humble origins. The cast is superb (Thurman and Roth bear special mention), the scenery is extravagent, and the story has enough twists and turns to keep the viewer engaged for its near two hour length. The costuming and sets alone are worth the price of admission. At a time when a king's displeasure was paid for with one's life, and honor often took a back seat to expediency, a man like Vatel invited envy as well as admiration. And in rare instances the affections of a lady.

- fb1144932598, Thursday, July 30, 2009

5 stars

I Love the Extravagance during the Louis XIV Period in France, the Lavish Food Presentations(Chicken Covered in Chocolate), Fireworks, Entertainment as a High Art Form.I love all the Actors in this, & as a Foodie, & a person who appreciates all things Over The Top Gorgeous, this Film is very Special to me.This Story is of the Genius Chef & Event Planner, if you will, behind the Festivities that went on for Days.He was a very Complex & Conflicted Visionary who Designed some of the Grandest Celebrations in History. I had to OWN this Movie, so I do, even though most people have never heard of it, I always recommend to Foodies.

- PinkMinkPrincess, Wednesday, June 15, 2011

4 stars

A food movie, but more than that...excuse me, while I step outside and fall on my sword. Bonus Points: Uma Thurmond

- mcintyre157, Thursday, December 24, 2009