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6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 51 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 28 out of 51
  2. Negative: 17 out of 51

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  1. DT
    Jan 21, 2010
    5
    I don´t mind the silence nor the simplicity of the movie. What bothers me about this movie is Denis´ total lack of imagination when it comes to depicting the strong bond between father and daughter. A smiling daughter (whenever she hears her father come home) and constant! hugging and kissing aren´t the most interesting ways of showing love and devotion on screen and I don´t mind the silence nor the simplicity of the movie. What bothers me about this movie is Denis´ total lack of imagination when it comes to depicting the strong bond between father and daughter. A smiling daughter (whenever she hears her father come home) and constant! hugging and kissing aren´t the most interesting ways of showing love and devotion on screen and certainly fail to communicate all the negative aspects this kind of relationship provokes like dependency, suffocation and so on. Nice idea, but in my eyes poorly executed. Expand
  2. TomG
    Nov 2, 2009
    5
    Overrated: a highly stylized and almost prim vision of Black Paris. The people, like the apartments, are unconvincingly grand and silent amidst their working class neighborhoods and jobs. The coincidences that lend pathos to the story are forced. Claire Denis overreaches here and doesn't bring it off--though there's no denying that the critics have loved it.
  3. PyrH
    Oct 28, 2009
    5
    Lovely scenes of working class Paris, though the living spaces seem much too bourgeois 'intello' with books everywhere for the train workers depicted. The nearly all Black cast is excellent and worth watching whatever they say or do. But this film suffers from Claire Denis' pretentious, mannered take on the emotional lives of its subjects: there is much too much Lovely scenes of working class Paris, though the living spaces seem much too bourgeois 'intello' with books everywhere for the train workers depicted. The nearly all Black cast is excellent and worth watching whatever they say or do. But this film suffers from Claire Denis' pretentious, mannered take on the emotional lives of its subjects: there is much too much silence--too much quiet--in their lives and the highly symbolic coincidences are unconvincing. Is it a white intellectual's overly reverent appreciation of Black Paris that's at fault? Or is it that Denis tells every story with a formality and 'respect' that leaves out the noise and stir of real life--and real feelings. Perhaps both. In any case, this is a classic of the succès de critique. The critics love it for its demure, understated silences. Expand
  4. NK
    Nov 14, 2009
    5
    Beautifully filmed, strong main characters and one particular scene (in the bar) that might be one of the best scenes in 2009. Still, it is excruciatingly boring. 1h30 that look like three hours. nothing truly happens. one ridiculously silly scene (in germany - completely and utterly unnecessary to the plot) most absurd, anti-climatic movie ending in quite a long time.
  5. Aug 27, 2010
    5
    The character relationships presented are all very intriguing, and all of the actors (including the single-scene supporting actors) give the movie an enveloping depth, but the movie just doesn't allow anything to develop from that depth - in a movie that is trying very hard to be a drama, atmosphere only goes so far.
Metascore
92

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    80
    Superbly played and realised, this stays with you.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.