soldiers in historical clothes during reenactment of battle during napoleonic war
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The French have had decidedly mixed early reactions to Ridley Scott's "Napoleon", which premiered in Paris this week, with one historian calling the movie "very anti-French".

The first reviews have been unanimous in their praise of the huge-scale battle scenes that punctuate the film, which is released worldwide from next Wednesday.

But some French critics and experts who saw early previews were less than impressed with the depiction of their most famous historical figure, played by "Joker" star Joaquin Phoenix.

Historian Patrice Gueniffey told Le Point magazine that Scott "clearly doesn't like Napoleon".

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