Metascore
92

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 88
    I liked these characters, and suddenly not having them in my life anymore, simply because Denis has decided to start the closing credits, devastated me.
  2. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    90
    It's a beautiful picture but very quietly so, and definitely not for the ADHD set.
  3. 100
    You can live in a movie like this.
  4. 100
    For 20 years, Claire Denis has been among France's foremost filmmakers with her acute yet subtle observations of the ebbs and flows within relationships. Her perception and understanding seem to grow only richer over the years, and her newest film, 35 Shots of Rum, is surely one of her finest -- and thereby one of the best films of the year.
  5. 88
    Denis -- who has called the film a tribute to the great Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu -- keeps dialogue to a minimum as she delicately examines how immigration is changing the face of France.
  6. 35 Shots of Rum is visual poetry, but poetry that examines the human condition with insight and illumination.
  7. Involves the gradual revelation of the hopes, fears and insecurities of well-observed characters.
  8. 100
    The film evolves into a simple, intimate, acutely emotional portrait of a family reaching a painful crossroads.
  9. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    100
    Claire Denis, not always an easy director, is in top form here directing an almost all-black cast with grace and delicacy. For the happy few, this is French art house cinema at its unpretentious best.
  10. 100
    In its modest scope and mellow tone, 35 Shots of Rum resembles Olivier Assayas’s "Summer Hours," another recent film by a French director who has sometimes trafficked in provocation and extremity. Both movies embed extraordinary thematic richness within a simple, almost anecdotal narrative framework, and both achieve a rare eloquence about the state of the world by means of tact and reticence.
  11. 100
    To fall in love with it, viewers only have to be receptive to a movie that examines the ties that bind with grace, wit and depth.
  12. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    90
    Claire Denis’ latest may appear whisper-thin on the surface, yet it’s marvelously profound, illuminating the love between a father and daughter but also highlighting the difficulty of relinquishing what most people spend a lifetime putting into place.
  13. 35 Shots is Denis's warmest, most radiant work, honoring a family of two's extreme closeness while suggesting its potential for suffocation.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Aug 20, 2013
    0
    I watched this based completely on the metascore and the fact i'd never heard of it. Dear God I shouldn't have bothered. This movie is dull, the script is awful, the style is an eye sore. This is the type of pretentious trash that should be destined for movie hell. Terrible. Full Review »
  2. Jun 18, 2012
    0
    This movie is a true gem. This is probably all that I ever expect when I step into the theatre and be in front of the screen. Claire Denis amazingly established characters Full Review »
  3. Jul 9, 2011
    3
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