John Cawthon’s review published on Letterboxd:
Manipulative people being manipulated is nothing new in the world of film, especially when it comes to period dramas (hello Dangerous Liaisons). What makes this one so different is how funny and modern it is. Lanthimos tracks and frames his prey in such a way that it feels like you’re right there with them. There’s one shot of Anne in her wheelchair being pushed down the corridor by Abigail that left me enamored. And that’s just one instance in a two-hour film. The Favourite is Yorgos Lanthimos fully realized. From that audacious opening shot to that surreal closing one, every single second of this movie is perfection and left me wanting more.
Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone are all flawless in their respective roles, but wow, Colman is a superstar and a shoe-in for a Best Actress nom, or at least should be. Fuck, y’all. The only movie that stands a chance of beating this one as my fave of 2018 is Guadagnino’s Suspiria whenever I get the chance to FINALLY see it.