The Favourite

120 mins
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Two cousins (Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone) jockey for influence and power during the reign of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman,... More

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The Favourite | Ratings & Reviews

"“Love has its limits.” “Well, it shouldn’t.” This exchange, which takes place in the opening scene of The Favourite, could plausibly be from any of Yorgos Lanthimos’ small yet notorious catalogue of films. From Dogtooth, to The Lobster, to The Killing of a Sacred Deer, the Greek director and cinema darling has something of a preoccupation with emotional barriers—and what happens when they are transgressed."

Flicks, Katie ParkerFlicks

"It’s a perfectly cut diamond of a movie — a finely executed, coldly entertaining entry in the genre of savage misanthropic baroque costume drama."


"The Favourite is a pleasure to watch. It's weird without being alienating, dirty without being cheap. And you'd be hard-pressed to find a better acting trio this fall."

Vanity FairVanity Fair

"This is a skewer-sharp and scabrously funny film, stuffed with quotable deadpan exchanges, often punctuated by that now-trademark Lanthimos camera manoeuvre..."

The TelegraphThe Telegraph

"It is a scabrous and often hilarious film, made loopier by the nightmarish visions and wide-angle distortions contrived by the cinematographer Robbie Ryan."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"This proudly literate and happily bawdy film is being picked as a dark horse in the Oscar race already."


"The absurdist dark humour won't appeal to everyone — depending on your level of cynicism, you'll either witness a masterful work of profundity or an overcooked piece of silliness. I loved it."

New Zealand HeraldNew Zealand Herald

"[Yorgos Lanthimos'] idiosyncratic style is an acquired taste that's starting to go stale, and as such this is one of those films that works like a charm in the moment but whose spell quickly wears off."

Little White LiesLittle White Lies

"Fabulously entertaining..."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"Yorgos Lanthimos's The Favourite is a filthy, violent and outrageous period comedy that drips with bad language and worse behaviour, and will appal anyone who is expecting a more conventional royal drama."


The Favourite | Details

Award winner
Best Actress (Olivia Colman), Golden Globes 2019 & Academy Awards 2019
R13, Sexual material, offensive language and content that may disturb
Comedy, Drama, True Story & Biography
Country of origin
Ireland, UK, USA