I love period dramas and a bit of intrigue, but this film has one big problem, the casting of Hilary Swank in the lead. She is just miscast, looks uncomfortable, sounds as if she is bored, and brings the pace of the film to a grinding halt whenever she is the focal point on screen (which is a lot).
But there are compensations. Jonathan Pryce is excellent as the horny Cardinal, Brian Cox does well as Marie Antoinette's adviser, and Christopher Walken is fun as a moustache-twirling plotter. The music is very good indeed, costumes and sets make for an engrossing atmosphere, and even with a clunky script, this real-life story has enough to be watchable.