The Last Trailer for Napoleon Showcases Positive Reviews as Director Ridley Scott Criticizes French Critics and Historians: ‘The French Have a Problem Liking Themselves’

Sony Pictures dropped the third and final trailer for the film Napoleon, starring Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix, on Monday.

The mostly silent, minute-long preview highlighted excerpts of the early positive reviews from critics at The Guardian, BBC Culture, The Times, HeyUGuys, and The Telegraph.

The trailer then falsely equated the $200M-budget film’s genre ‘epic’ as the adjective ‘epic’ in seven publications – BBC Culture, Deadline, Collider, The Independent, The Film Verdict, IndieWire, and Empire.

However, the biopic on French emperor and military commander Napoleon Bonapart currently has a 67% critic approval rating (out of 90 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes.

Le Figaro’s Jean-Christophe Buisson wrote on Sunday that Napoleon should be renamed ‘Barbie and Ken under the Empire.’

'I'm not built like other men': Sony Pictures dropped the third and final trailer for the film Napoleon, starring Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix, on Monday

‘I’m not built like other men’: Sony Pictures dropped the third and final trailer for the film Napoleon, starring Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix, on Monday

French GQ took issue with French soldiers shouting ‘Vive La France’ with American accents, writing the movie was ‘deeply clumsy, unnatural, and unintentionally funny.’

And biographer Patrice Gueniffey (Napoleon and de Gaulle, Bonapart) told Le Point last Tuesday it was a ‘very anti-French and very pro-British’ rewrite of history.

‘The French don’t even like themselves,’ Napoleon director Ridley Scott told BBC on Sunday.

‘The audience that I showed it to in Paris, they loved it.’

The 85-year-old Englishman’s two-hour and 37-minute film takes artistic license numerous times, including cannonballs shot at the Sphinx and Napoleon witnessing Marie Antoinette executed at the guillotine in 1792.

‘I’ve done a lot of historical films,’ Ridley told Total Film on Monday.

‘I find I’m reading a report of someone else’s report 100 years after the event. So I wonder, “How much do they romance and elaborate? How accurate is it?” It always amuses me when a critic says to me, “This didn’t happen in Jerusalem.” I say, “Were you there? That’s the f***ing answer.”‘

Napoleon Рalso starring Vanessa Kirby as Jos̩phine and Rupert Everett as Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley Рis scheduled to be released in US/UK theaters this Wednesday.

And Scott’s rumored four-hour director’s cut will begin streaming on Apple TV+ at a later date.

Five stars! The mostly silent, minute-long preview highlighted excerpts of the early positive reviews from critics at The Guardian, BBC Culture, The Times, HeyUGuys, and The Telegraph

Five stars! The mostly silent, minute-long preview highlighted excerpts of the early positive reviews from critics at The Guardian, BBC Culture, The Times, HeyUGuys, and The Telegraph

The trailer then falsely equated the $200M-budget film's genre 'epic' as the adjective 'epic' in seven publications - BBC Culture, Deadline, Collider, The Independent, The Film Verdict, IndieWire, and Empire

The trailer then falsely equated the $200M-budget film’s genre ‘epic’ as the adjective ‘epic’ in seven publications – BBC Culture, Deadline, Collider, The Independent, The Film Verdict, IndieWire, and Empire

As of press date: However, the biopic on French emperor and military commander Napoleon Bonapart currently has a 67% critic approval rating (out of 90 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes

As of press date: However, the biopic on French emperor and military commander Napoleon Bonapart currently has a 67% critic approval rating (out of 90 reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes

Ouch! Le Figaro's Jean-Christophe Buisson wrote on Sunday that Napoleon should be renamed 'Barbie and Ken under the Empire'

Ouch! Le Figaro’s Jean-Christophe Buisson wrote on Sunday that Napoleon should be renamed ‘Barbie and Ken under the Empire’

Yikes! French GQ took issue with French soldiers shouting 'Vive La France' with American accents, writing the movie was 'deeply clumsy, unnatural, and unintentionally funny'

Yikes! French GQ took issue with French soldiers shouting ‘Vive La France’ with American accents, writing the movie was ‘deeply clumsy, unnatural, and unintentionally funny’

Historian: Biographer Patrice Gueniffey (Napoleon and de Gaulle, Bonapart) told Le Point last Tuesday it was a 'very anti-French and very pro-British' rewrite of history

Historian: Biographer Patrice Gueniffey (Napoleon and de Gaulle, Bonapart) told Le Point last Tuesday it was a ‘very anti-French and very pro-British’ rewrite of history

Napoleon director Ridley Scott told BBC on Sunday: 'The French don't even like themselves. The audience that I showed it to in Paris, they loved it' (pictured last Thursday)

Napoleon director Ridley Scott told BBC on Sunday: ‘The French don’t even like themselves. The audience that I showed it to in Paris, they loved it’ (pictured last Thursday)

Not accurate: The 85-year-old Englishman's two-hour and 37-minute film takes artistic license numerous times, including cannonballs shot at the Sphinx and Napoleon witnessing Marie Antoinette executed at the guillotine in 1792

Not accurate: The 85-year-old Englishman’s two-hour and 37-minute film takes artistic license numerous times, including cannonballs shot at the Sphinx and Napoleon witnessing Marie Antoinette executed at the guillotine in 1792

Ridley told Total Film on Monday: 'I've done a lot of historical films. I find I'm reading a report of someone else's report 100 years after the event. So I wonder, "How much do they romance and elaborate? How accurate is it?" It always amuses me when a critic says to me, "This didn't happen in Jerusalem." I say, "Were you there? That's the f***ing answer"'

Ridley told Total Film on Monday: ‘I’ve done a lot of historical films. I find I’m reading a report of someone else’s report 100 years after the event. So I wonder, “How much do they romance and elaborate? How accurate is it?” It always amuses me when a critic says to me, “This didn’t happen in Jerusalem.” I say, “Were you there? That’s the f***ing answer”‘

'Napoleon is coming': Napoleon - also starring Vanessa Kirby (M) as Joséphine and Rupert Everett as Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley - is scheduled to be released in US/UK theaters this Wednesday

‘Napoleon is coming’: Napoleon – also starring Vanessa Kirby (M) as Joséphine and Rupert Everett as Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley – is scheduled to be released in US/UK theaters this Wednesday

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