By Leah Greenblatt
Updated June 12, 2015 at 09:09 PM EDT
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Madame Bovary

type
  • Movie

This umpteenth adaptation of Flaubert’s classic novel at least chooses its Emma wisely: Australian actress Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre), with her skim-milk skin and watchful intelligence, deftly captures the desperation of a young woman suffocating in the stale air of a provincial town and a passionless marriage. Still, Bovary has never been the most sympathetic heroine—greedy, impulsive, and vain, she’s essentially a Kardashian in a corset—and the version here feels both tonally mishmashed (characters’ accents, for one, veer wildly from Versailles to Van Nuys) and too truncated to quite justify its retreading. B

Madame Bovary

2015 movie
type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • R
runtime
  • 118 minutes
director
  • Sophie Barthes

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