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Mixed or average reviews- based on 45 Ratings

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  • Summary: A widowed conductor, looking forward to retirement, lives with his grown daughter in a Paris suburb. When a neighbor starts to show interest in his "little girl", the conductor tries to adjust.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 35 Shots of Rum is visual poetry, but poetry that examines the human condition with insight and illumination.
  4. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    90
    It's a beautiful picture but very quietly so, and definitely not for the ADHD set.
  5. 35 Shots is Denis's warmest, most radiant work, honoring a family of two's extreme closeness while suggesting its potential for suffocation.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    50
    Hushed minimalism is a rare and appealing quality in the cinema these days, but so little happens in 35 Shots of Rum that I'm hard-pressed to describe the plot. It doesn't exactly have one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Apr 10, 2011
    9
    Loved the camera pans on this film. Sound is incredibly power-full. Hard to follow the story, but keeps you on the edge of your seat with suspense. Unlikely traditional French Film, and story telling. Expand
  2. 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. Expand
  3. Jul 9, 2011
    3
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  4. 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 Expand
  5. 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. Expand

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