After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success soon inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome the societal constraints of the early 20th century.
- “Knightley and West have a tremendous chemistry: two very smart and worldly performances that suggest that Colette and Willy did enjoy something like a real love affair…” – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
- “Knightley's determinedly jolly attitude successfully robs [the affair] of its eroticism.” – Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
- “There's more going on in Colette than tame hagiography; the results are happily vibrant, even if the sexual inequities depicted remain grimly pertinent.” – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
- “This isn't Oscar-worthy material but it's the kind of solid art house motion picture that was popular during the 1990s and whose occasional reappearance in the 2010s is always welcome.” – James Berardinelli, ReelViews
- “Cinematographer Giles Nuttgens' use of highly-reflective surfaces is a revelation, and Thomas Adès' lush score hits a melodramatic high note.” – Scott Marks, San Diego