The Favourite

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  120 min.
In theatres:
November 30, 2018 - Toronto
December 7, 2018 - Montréal, Vancouver
DVD: March 5, 2019
Blu-ray: March 5, 2019
Digital: February 12, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 2.77
based on 218 votes and 90 reviews
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Cast: Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss, Olivia Colman


In the early 18th century, with England and France at war, a frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne as her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead, while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper.

When new servant Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail, who has aristrocratic roots, under her wing. This gives Abigail the hope that she'll be able to regain her social position if things go well. As the politics of war take up Sarah's time and concentration, Abigail steps in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Yorgos Lanthimos
Screenplay: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
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  • 1 star "It depicted women as either blithering nagging screaming pathetic babies like queen anne, conniving all about eve bitches like abigail or women who will f**k anything to get near and a piece of the power like Lady Sarah Marlborough. In this day and age we don't need yet another movie that denigrates women. Even if its supposed to be a comedy..."
  • 1 star "This movie was pure crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They just don't know how to make a good movie now a days"
  • 5 stars "A film for people who like films and not just the recycled garbage of Hollywood, which, it appears from the reviews you see on this site, are what most of the Tribute readers are looking for. This is one of those rare historical films that manages to tell a little know patch of actual history while keeping it pretty entertaining. I should note that some of the event may not have happened it is based on stories from people in the court, including Sarah Churchills own tell all. Beside that, the acting is fabulous and there are a lot of great laughs"