Leah Greenblatt
June 12, 2015 AT 09:09 PM EDT

Madame Bovary

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
118 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/12/15
performer
Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti
director
Sophie Barthes
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

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

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