November 15th, 2015 / 4 Comments


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Here’s a roundup of reviews from around the world for the release of “Queen of the Desert” in addition to the initial roundup we put together for Berlinale.  The focus is on comments on Rob’s performance, but if his performance is overlooked, then we will post what is considered about the film as a whole.  This post will be updated as the film is slowly released around the world.

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THE SWEET

Erin Lloyd Jones

“… Robert Pattinson playing Lawrence of Arabia, the man himself.  I was really quite pleased, however, that although Lawrence’s character was definitely one to remember and had a big impact, it wasn’t a leading role, leaving the limelight for the extraordinary explorations of Gertrude Bell to achieve the exposure they deserve.”

Jo Blo (US)

” Her co-stars are fine. Both Lewis and Pattinson are good enough, and Franco has a sort of quirky chemistry with his leading lady.”

Controlled Obsession (US)

“As for the rest of the cast, it’s mostly good. The other main stars in the movie, Damian Lewis and Robert Pattinson, do an admiral job with what they’re given. With Pattinson being one of the only male leads in the film that isn’t romantically involved with Bell, his relationship with her actually ends up being one of the more fascinating and engaging portions of the movie, the same which can’t be said for the aforementioned Franco and Lewis.”

SonntagsWochenBlatt (Germany)

“The likable and intriguing figure in the entire movie is Robert Patinnson as Lawrence of Arabia.”

Blogbusters (German/Swiss)

“[Herzog] has created a moving adventure and love story about one of the most extraordinary women of world history and at the same time a powerful plea for the beauty of the Middle East.”

Die Furche (German) *Berlinale

Ultimately, it has become a love story – an anecdotal and interpersonally slightly awkward, but with great empathy for the moods of the region.”

Die Presse (German) *Berlinale

“… at the end of posing Bell together with the young TE Lawrence (a nice small role for Robert Pattinson) for a photo …”

Art+Film (German)

“[T]he film at the Berlinale was partly taken up ungraciously; Some critics accused him of neocolonialist vision and chauvinistic high gloss look. Such allegations fail to recognize Werner Herzog completely: In many of his films, he focuses on the culture clash between “the West” and the rest of the world. Always His concern with which blinders and prejudices the exotic others perceive the invader …”

Berliner-Zeitung (German)

“Among these men there is also TE “Lawrence of Arabia”, given by the Hollywood star Robert Pattinson jauntily with keffiyeh, which acts unintentionally funny and a wry tone sets for this film.” [Maria: I’m not sure if this translation is correct, but I don’t think Rob’s performance is ‘unintentional’.]

Getidan (German)

“One can regret that Duke is almost entirely focused on Social. But you can goutieren that too. For Nicole Kidman shows excellent spectacle. With its sensitive, often wonderfully dry interpretation of the title role they are Gertrude Bell in the visually exuberant staging a fascinating traction. She manages to show the intelligence of this woman, without being superficial. Yes, this is Star Cinema. But none of the cheap kind.”

Text for Films (German)

“Blass remains in any case especially Robert Pattinson as Lawrence of Arabia, whose presentation moves on the verge of parody.”

Programmkino (German)

With Nicole Kidman, James Franco and Robert Pattinson’s “Queen of the Desert” highest caliber.Werner Herzog sets the “uncrowned queen of the desert” with his new film a magnificently equipped, opulent monument with great actors values, especially as regards the atmospherically staged Desert landscapes and scenes of action.”

Filmstarts (Germany)

“His portrait of the “Desert Queen” Gertrude Bell is a playful and idiosyncratic histories drama with an impressive protagonist and outstanding epic images”

Ioncinema (LA) *AFIFest

“This same sense of hushed secrecy is reflected in this updated affectation of Lawrence thanks to Robert Pattinson’s meaningful quips and phrases during interactions with Kidman. His limited screen time enhances these passing moments of energetic banter while Bell’s romantic entanglements are weighted down in banal cliché. In the match-burning contest, Herzog’s film can’t compete with Lean’s earlier epic, but cultural repression of queer representation forced us to regard multiple angles of Lawrence and granted O’Toole a complex palette of characterization.”

Mind Your Own F***** Business  (German)

“In the ancient Hittite city of Carchemish-on the Syrian border she meets a British archaeology team, which also includes the young TE Lawrence, played by Robert Pattinson, belongs. Pattinson is here as well as recently in Maps to the Stars to see in a small but crucial supporting role (2013). As ironic Briton, who still acts like a schoolboy, he breathes new life into the plot, which sometimes runs a bit monotonous with the traveling from one sheikh to another.”

Manifest (German)

“Robert Pattinson is as Lawrence of Arabia quite embarrassed, but brings life in the sandbox; …”

Moviebreak (German)

“With Colonel TE Lawrence, known as “Lawrence of Arabia”, occurs another important character in the film.Played will of Robert Pattinson (“Water for Elephants”, 2011) of “Lawrence of Arabia” interpreted as an abrupt, school boyish man, thereby emitting little sovereignty. The comparison with the monumental work“Lawrence of Arabia” (1962), directed by legendary director David Lean is, at this point deliberately avoided.”

NDR.de (German)

“As a monument “Queen of the Desert” the true Gertrude Bell is therefore certainly not do justice when boyish Orient epic with sometimes fortunately ironically intentioned kitsch has Herzog’s film but quite its charm.”

Out Now (German/Swiss)

“With Nicole Kidman Duke was an actress who could give her character a lot of power and authenticity. Above all, it is also thanks to the camera that the film is gaining strength. They often dwells long on the protagonists, but also constantly changes on the vastness and beauty of the Arabian Desert.” 3 out of 6 stars

Press Play (German)

“However, Robert Pattinson is surprisingly quite interesting as a very young Lawrence, perhaps because he has no Nicole Kidman whisper gentle expressions of love.”

Kinoprosmotr (Russia)

“Equally good was Robert Pattinson. Remembered by most vivid role in “Twilight” and here he showed a maximum of individuality. It was no longer the eccentric vampire with pale blue, and it is a healthy young man, a revolutionary, Lawrence. Of course, from it is simply not possible to look away.”

LA Beat (US)

“The movie still holds its own for story telling and for positioning a woman, especially one as history-making and with such heroic stature as Gertrude Bell in a major movie release.”

The Nerd Report (US)

“Robert Pattinson is the only one who makes sense as T.E. Lawrence. At least it seems like he’s playing the historical figure, as little screen time as he has, and maybe paying homage to the famous biopic of his character.”

Gulf News (UAE)

“There she is to encounter Lawrence himself, played boyishly by Robert Pattinson. He looks a little self-conscious in the headdress — though perhaps no more self-conscious than Lawrence himself looked in it. His appearance got a few laughs from the Berlin film festival audience when it premiered there, but Pattinson carried off this (minor) role well enough.”

Nojomy (Middle East)

“The strength of this film is embodied in two key points: the first is through the participation of stars … Franco, Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson”.

The Millimetre (UK trailer review)

” It is here that she comes across T. E. Lawrence, played by Robert Pattinson who gives another performance that will, no doubt, further shed prejudices of his Twilight days and cement his place as one of the greatest actors of our time.”

Albanian Telegraphic Agency

“Pattinson from his small role has issued a great character…”

Rappler (Singapore)

“Nevertheless, the film is an enriching experience. It offers an old-fashioned take on a tale whose milieu offers far more riches than its typical narrative can offer on its own.”

DVD Exotica

“This is pretty great and I’m really surprised it’s coming in so low under the radar.”

About (Un)Popular Culture (UK)

Queen of the Desert has all of Herzog’s trademarks, but is unlike any Herzog film made before, especially with its female lead and romantic elements, showing his uncanny ability to change and innovate as a director. In the press interview Herzog said he wasn’t telling history, but telling a story. I think history will remember this story for years to come.” 9.

David R Walker (South Africa)

“With the assistance of the quick witted and slightly effeminate T. E. Lawrence, superbly played by Robert Pattinson (Cosmopolis, Maps to the Stars, Twilight)”

GOSC (Poland)

“Herzog in his film showed great attention to costumes and set design. It is also well chosen cast. Music completes the beautiful pictures. The film moves, entertains, makes you think.”

OrtaKultuk (Turkey)

“The film’s cast is dazzling. Beautiful American actress Nicole Kidman to portray the character of Gertrude Bell in the film, Col. TE Lawrence for his role in Robert Pattinson, Henry Cadogan character with acclaimed actors such as James Franco and Damian Lewis plays the role of Charles Doughty-Wylie we see in the film.”

Taraf (Turkey)

“.. brings a unique journey deserves to be watched …”

Canberra City News (Australia)

“Herzog has made an agreeable, unhurried film with the air of authenticity that has long been his trademark.”

Watcheatanddotell (Singapore)

“A beautiful, romanticised but tepid biographical drama film by Werner Herzog of an incredible figure. Gertrude Bell was brought luminously to life by Nicole Kidman in what may be one of her best performances in years.”

The Music (Australia)

“Other players include Robert Pattinson in a fairly small but effective role …”

Sydney Morning Herald | The Age (Melbourne)  (Australia)

“Robert Pattinson, seemingly game for anything after his years as a pale Twilight pin-up, fares better as an initially callow T.E. Lawrence, obviously less charismatic than Peter O’Toole’s take in Lean’s film but more of a partner in political philosophy to Bell.”

Disassociated (Australia)

“Kidman’s performance is competent, as is Pattinson’s small turn as Lawrence of Arabia.”

Filmink (Australia)

“Inevitably, neither of these [referring to Cadogan and Doughty-Wylie] is anywhere near as interesting as T.E. Lawrence, who’s played well enough by Robert Pattinson. Unfortunately, it’s a very small role …”

Filmblerg (Australia)

“The small role of Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence, who Bell knew and worked with, is one of these few refreshing points.”

Moviedbx

“Robert Pattinson is welcomely amusing as T.E. Lawrence too, though is completely underutilised. Unfortunately, his presence draws tragic comparisons to Lawrence of Arabia, which most audience members will eventually wish they were watching instead.”

The Reel Bits (Australia)

“It’s no mistake that someone of Robert Pattinson’s fame plays Lawrence in a small but memorable role, flippantly dismissing his own part in the British insertion in the Middle East, while rightfully praising Bell’s accomplishments. There’s more of a weariness about Pattinson’s Lawrence than Peter O’Toole’s, but there’s a direct line between the two performances, even as Pattinson downplays it to make it his own.”

J-Wire (Australia)

“I enjoyed it as a historical  costume drama about a remarkable woman, but it is somewhat overblown with some scenes that could be straight out of a Mills and Boon romance.  Filmed in Morocco and Jordan, outdoor scenes are breathtaking in their beauty and the musical score is stirring.” 3.5 out of 5

The Saturday Paper (Christos Tsiolkas | Australia)

“T. E. Lawrence, who is played by Robert Pattinson in this film, in its most nuanced and intelligent performance, …” (Maria: Still twirling that one of my favourite Australian authors said this about Robert’s performance)

The Australian (Australia)

“where some members of the audience were reportedly audibly amused by the Pattinson and Franco characters — the film has struggled to find cinema exposure.”2.5 stars

Student Edge (Australia)

“Robert Pattinson’s portrayal T.E. Lawrence comes off as silly – however, Lawrence is the only character with a beating heart.”

Concrete Playground (Australia)

“n the cast’s defence, there’s a big difference between bad acting and portrayals that are stifled by bad material. Kidman, Franco and Pattinson are all serviceable, but simply aren’t given the room they need to turn thinly drawn characters into something more.”

Renowned for Sound (Australia)

“T.E. Lawrence, portrayed as an endearingly pretentious oddball by an unusually charming Robert Pattinson.”

Weekend Notes (Australia)

“The film is in itself a picturesque and visceral movie that provides the audience with some beautiful visual landscapes and daring aerial shots. Audience members certainly leave with a wanderlust for the Middle East. This movie is for history buffs and art house film lovers.”

Film Reviews (Australia)

“Pattinson is miscast in a small role as Lawrence, delivering a rather wooden and flat performance – it has hard to see his Lawrence inspiring the Arab tribes to unite against the Ottoman Empire during WWI. His performance lacks that strikingly charismatic and flamboyant quality that Peter O’Toole so memorably brought to the role in David Lean’s classic 1962 biopic Lawrence Of Arabia.  … Queen Of The Desert is a rather dull film that plays out like an inferior Merchant Ivory production, and it wastes a good cast.” 2 stars

The Advertiser | Adelaide Now (Australia)

“T.E. Lawrence (a slightly disdainful Robert Pattinson) has a seat at this influential negotiating table.”

AccessReel (Australia)

“Although my first glance of Pattinson made me think of the character Beau Geste, his version of “Lawrence of Arabia” is rather good.” 3/5

May the Cinema Be With You (Portugal)

“And as I said back there in error casting , I can not forget Robert Pattinson , clearly one more, that although we do drop a few laughs, leaves to be desired.”

A Pala De Walsh (Portugal)

“…. there are cute young lions in the hands of Lawrence of Arabia in Robert-ridiculous-Pattison version”

Cinespoon (Portugal)

So let us realizing throughout the film the construction of a political and diplomatic animal, a determined and shrewd woman who challenged the very sensitive limits wartime. We realize also, once again, of how courage and passion go hand in hand. In fact, Bell is an excellent example of this.”

C7nema (Portugal)

“Bell does not stop being courted by a TE Lawrence ” himself” in a heartbreaking performance of Pattinson, which makes us to feel sorry for him when Bell exclaimed dismissively ” what’s a school boy like you doing in a place like this? “.

FrockFlicks

“Robert Pattinson (my boyfriend but only when he sparkles) plays T.E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia), but before you freak out, he’s kind of okay and he isn’t on screen for very long.”

Forte Mag (Australia)

“Casting James Franco and Robert Pattinson in a movie set in pre-World War One Arabia is a pretty gutsy move. Unfortunately for director Werner Hertzog, it doesn’t pay off. Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence (“of Arabia”) works largely because his appearances are scattered through this film”

Insights (Australia)

“Robert Pattinson does an okay job”.  (Mention at 7.33 – video review)

Europa Ostrocines (Spain)

” A very strange acting cocktail that works thanks to polyphonic and polymorphous spirit of a markedly transparent film. He ends up giving what it promises, which is no small feat.”

Salty Popcorn (Australia)

“And as for RPatz, one of his best performances. Pattinson’s Col. T.E. Lawrence, more known as Lawrence of Arabia, was fun and flamboyant. Sadly there isn’t enough scenes with Lawrence but I would happily pay money to see an entire Lawrence movie starring Pattinson.”

Twin Cities (US)

Robert Pattinson is fine as Lawrence but the film doesn’t know what to do with the legendary figure).

Reeling Reviews (US)

[B]ut surprisingly it is Robert Pattinson as this film’s Lawrence of Arabia who has the most spark with Kidman, a communion of spirit (Lawrence was gay)

Boston Herald (US)

She meets none other than T.E. Lawrence, though Robert Pattinson’s brief cameo is likely to cause chuckles among moviegoers startled to see the “Twilight” actor in these circumstances. … Herzog, however, never attains real complexity or an understanding of Bell’s interior life. But damn if the desert doesn’t look splendid.

Under the Radar Mag (US)

Queen of the Desert is well enough performed.

Roger Ebert (US)

Bell also has a lovely (and blessedly platonic) rapport with colleague, T.E. Lawrence (Robert Pattinson). Both Lewis and Pattinson bring very different energies, leading their scenes to intermittently spark with a much-needed liveliness. [1 star – did not like the film]

The Film Journal (US)

The film could have stood to spend more time on Bell’s encounters with … Robert Pattinson’s vibrant, rather O’Toole-ish T.E. Lawrence, who charms Gertrude around a campfire, and later joins her alongside a gruff, cigar-chomping Winston Churchill (Christopher Fulford) at a closed-door conference to carve out new borders in the Arab world

NY Times (US)

T. E. Lawrence himself appears; he is played, in a winking turn, by Robert Pattinson, who can be seen to even better effect — in the same period — in James Gray’s coming “The Lost City of Z.”

LA Times (US)

Faring better are Robert Pattinson’s snickering T.E. Lawrence — who respected Bell’s Bedouin diplomacy

AV Club (US)

To be fair, T.E. Lawrence (played here by Robert Pattinson, summoning some Peter O’Toole cheekiness under familiar headwear) only makes a cameo.

Flickfilosopher (US)

Bell does not fall in love with T.E. Lawrence, whom she meets at Petra, though they are kindred souls in many ways, and Kidman and Robert Pattinson (The Lost City of Z, The Childhood of a Leader) are terrific together in expressing that.

 

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THE SOUR

Meet Mr Karma 

“Co-star Robert Pattinson, who draws the unenviable task of portraying Lawrence in a hatchet job on the historical figure, fares worse. Pattinson gives cause to question once again his ceiling as an actor with an embarrassing performance. It would be cruel and pointless to compare his work to that of Peter O’Toole.”

Collider (US)

“Pattinson (who’s admittedly been great in The Rover and Cosmopolis) plays Lawrence of Arabia like a beatnik poet playing dress-up in the desert.”

Deutsche Welle (Germany)

“Kidman is only outdone (and not in a good way) by co-star Robert Pattinson, who offers a rather pale impression of Lawrence of Arabia.”

Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

“… they laughed more when Robert Pattinson appeared as T.E. Lawrence, his familiar baby face under a keffiyeh irresistibly reminiscent of an infant Joseph in a kindergarten nativity play. Herzog was unfazed. “There is a lot of humour in all my films,” he says. “People always think I am this obsessed, Teutonic character,” he says, “but there is a lot of humour in all my films.”

MovieWeb (US)

“Robert Pattinson and Damian Lewis are both serviceable as T.E. Lawrence and Charles Doughty-Wylie, but the tiny amounts of charisma they manage to inject are simply not enough, for how much they are shown on screen.”

Fanboy Nation (US) *AFIFest

“Robert Pattinson isn’t as embarrassing as Franco, but he never comes close to making his T.E. Lawrence the fascinating character on screen that he is the annals of history.”

Festival Blog (German) *Berlinale

“Who would have thought: Werner Herzog makes an epic love story. He does it very well. Queen of the Desert is entertaining, well told and brilliantly filmed.”

Filmaluation (UK) *Berlinale

“… or Robert Pattinson’s ridiculous Colonel T.E. Lawrence”

Film Fuchs (German)

“Lawrence, the British officer, archaeologist, writer also comes in Duke movie – Robert Pattinson (Life) takes on the role, but can not make a special impression in his few scenes.”

Fresh Fiction TV (US) *AFI Fest

“If there is a savior, it’s how Herzog and his long time cinematographer Peter Zetlinger capture the physical landscapes. There are a handful of time lapse nature segments that are utterly breathtaking. The locales look warm and welcoming. It’s just too bad the actors literally stand in the way of true greatness.”

Kalafudra (Austria)

puzzledpeaces suggested throwing Edward Said’s collected works at Werner Herzog’s head. I agree.”

Longtake (German)

“But not only the character study of the film suffers from its superficiality, the analysis of political developments remains unconvincing as Robert Pattinson as TE Lawrence or Christopher Fulford as Winston Churchill.”

VIP (German)

“That her other liaisons with the later known as Lawrence of Arabia Archaeologists (Robert Pattinson, ‘Water for Elephants’) and a British officer and Consul (Damian Lewis, ‘Homeland’) thereby acting rather out of place, can probably rather the lack of chemistry are attributed between the actors.”

wolframhannemann (German)

“Lawrence of Arabia. The latter appeared in Herzog’s film, and of course on, but he is part of the historical story just as important as Gertrude Bell.Unfortunately, he is here played by Robert Pattinson, who does not fit so completely into the role, and certainly not in a turban and veil.”

SBCC Student Film Reviews (US)

“The acting and casting left much to be desired throughout. The writing cheesy and uninspired …”

MovieBoozer

Queen of the Desert is one of director Werner Herzog’s weakest films, because it takes a story about a unique and eccentric person and fails to give it his typical unconventional touch.  However, History fans will appreciate having at least part of Gertrude Bell story put to film for the first time, and Nicole Kidman is at her very best in the part.”

Cine Resenhas (Brazil)

“… it is disappointing the treatment [Herzog] gives this character played by Nicole Kidman

Times Live (South Africa)

“Along the way she has a fine old time quipping with TE Lawrence (a horribly miscast Robert Pattinson) …”

Cairo 360 (Egypt)

“The performances contribute to the flatness of it all …”

The Dullwood Experiment (UK)

Queen of the Desertsuffers from being treated as history-lite by the script, and never quite being as courageous in its efforts as Miss Bell was in hers (and not to mention a disastrous turn by Pattinson as Lawrence of Arabia)” 5/10

Australian Book Review (Australia)

“Perhaps it is actually the foray into a woman’s experience, a first for Herzog, that makes this film so vapid and condescending.”

Urban Cinefile (Australia)

“a miscast Robert Pattinson is a curiosity piece as T.E. Lawrence, who Gertrude encounters ‘in the labyrinth’. ‘I’m not sure the right man for you has been born yet,’ he tells her. … As it is, Herzog’s film is a bit of a yawn and a tease – leading us into the desert but leaving us high and dry” Louise Keller

“[Kidman] is miscast (so is Robert Pattinson as T. E. Lawrence) .. The result is a meandering film of disjointed experiences, albeit interesting and beautifully filmed” Andrew L Urban

Sydney Morning Herald (Jake Wilson|Australia)

“Kidman’s male co-stars don’t help much. … Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence is equally unpersuasive, with little on his mind beyond sniggering at Lawrence’s sexual quirks.”

The Courier Mail (Brisbane|Australia)

“These film-flattening fellas are played by James Franco, Damian Lewis and Robert Pattinson, who are all so wooden, you’d swear someone is operating them with strings.”

The Brisbane Times | The Canberra Times (Australia)

“Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence is equally unpersuasive, with little on his mind beyond sniggering at Lawrence’s sexual quirks.”

Rip It Up (Australia)

“Kidman, Franco, Lewis and Pattinson (of course) are all stiffly uneasy here …”

AFR Weekend (Australia) | John McDonald (Australia)

“Robert Pattinson, is (believe it or not) Lawrence of Arabia. Anyone who remembers Peter O’Toole in the role should get prepared for the worst. The only true Brit is Damian Lewis who plays Bell’s admirer, Richard Doughty-Wylie ….] [Maria: Taking this review with a grain of salt given that apparently Robert is NOT a true Brit – how is that even possible]

The West Australian (Australia)

“Queen of the Desert is a portrait that never really comes alive. It is beautiful (filmed by regular Herzog collaborator Peter Zeitlinger) and remote but eventually a little tedious — a film that, had it truly reflected Bell’s own life, should have teemed with fascination.”

An Online Universe (Australia)

“Though directed by Werner Herzog and co-starring James Franco and Robert Pattinson and is a giant turd of a movie.”

Junkee (Australia)

“Everything and everyone in this film is so locked into dreary cliché that I yearned for T.E. Lawrence (played here, drolly, by Robert Pattinson) …”

SouthernFM (Australia)

“Robert Pattinson makes almost no impact-except perhaps a comical one-as TE Lawrence”

Tom Magazine (Australia)

“The film, unfortunately, never recovers from its first act and just ends up as a boring slog through the seemingly endless desert.”

CBS Philly (US)

The casting is the culprit on this score, because two of the three principal men in Bell’s life are miscast. That would be James Franco, inappropriate as British Embassy secretary Henry Catogan; and especially Robert Pattinson, who looks both lost and in over his head as T.R. Lawrence.

One of Us (US)

Featuring quite possibly career-worst work for everybody involved (and I’m including Robert Pattinson in that), Queen of the Desert is a remarkably boring film that fails on practically every single level.  [Note:  Although the reviewer does say this “and the often underrated Robert Pattinson“]

Patriot Ledger (US)

And it does Herzog no favors to have Bell repeatedly cross paths with Pattinson’s (somnambulant) T.E. Lawrence, dredging up fond memories of Lean’s sand-and-camels epic.

San Diego Reader (US)

The deeper Bell’s travels take her, the more dreamlike her journey becomes, and it’s only during these passages that the film shows signs of life.

PlaybackSTL (US)

You could also make a case for T.E. Lawrence (a fairly ridiculous Robert Pattinson, who looks like he can’t wait to get out of his costume) as the third man in Bell’s life.

Detroit News (US)

Nicole Kidman, James Franco and Robert Pattinson star in a dreadfully dull would-be epic about the life of Gertrude Bell.

Washington Post (US)

For a movie with so much heart, “Queen of the Desert” is a remarkably bloodless enterprise.

Village Voice (US)

Among many missteps is Herzog’s casting.

Slant Magazine (US)

Bell’s story intersects with that of T.E. Lawrence (Robert Pattinson), which unavoidably reminds the audience of Lawrence of Arabia—an association that does Queen of the Desert no favors.

Susan Granger (US)

… she banters beguilingly with T.E. Lawrence (miscast Robert Pattinson) 5/10

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  • silvie
    Posted on November 15, 2015

    I’m glad to read some good reviews regarding Queen Of The Desert. I’m not embarrassed to say that I liked the movie and what it stood for. After reading her biography and doing quite a bit of research I was really fascinated by Gertrude Bell. Yes, I would have LOVED more Rob time on the screen but Herzog did say that it was Gertrude’s story, he didn’t want her story to be overshadowed which could quite easily happen. OK I’m going blah, blah, but I really did like the story and not just because Rob was in the movie.

  • silvie
    Posted on November 15, 2015

    Forgot to say thank you for the reviews. I really appreciate it :))

  • Maria
    Posted on November 15, 2015

    Thanks @Silvie 🙂

  • Carmel
    Posted on November 16, 2015

    I don’t think anything about Rob’s performance would be ‘unintentionally funny’ either. He knows what he is doing and so does Herzog+

    “Of course, from it is simply not possible to look away.” – One of us 🙂

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