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Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.


  • Olivia Colman
  • Rachel Weisz
  • Emma Stone
  • Nicholas Hoult
  • Joe Alwyn
  • James Smith
  • Mark Gatiss
  • Jenny Rainsford
  • Liam Fleming
  • Carolyn Saint-Pé

Atom User Reviews

3.9 out of 5
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Basically everyone at the theater where I saw this movie had the same reaction. We didn’t know what to think of it but we didn’t like it. It was just kind of stunned silence.

Francesca K
Verified Review

You honestly never leave the atmosphere of this movie until you are dismissed. Definitely the most Award worthy film of the winter. Do not miss it.

Joel N


Dec 1, 2018

The actresses are so expert, especially Colman, with her grievous, hardbitten woe, that you may not care, but if one is to mock this sort of historical extravaganza, I much prefer the nutbrain Monty Python approach to all this deep-dish folderol.

Metacritic review by Peter Rainer
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
Nov 23, 2018

The comedy is elegant, frequently dark and genuinely witty. The spectacle is gorgeous.

Metacritic review by Joe Morgenstern
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Nov 21, 2018

Though mostly twaddle as history, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite is wonderful, nasty fun, a period drama (wigs, breeches, beauty spots) that holds the screen with gnashing teeth and slashing nails.

Metacritic review by David Edelstein
David Edelstein
New York Magazine (Vulture)