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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
    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
    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
    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. CharlesS.
    Sep 17, 2009
    Saw this at a festival...its a beautiful, simple film. True gem and very moving. That bar scene is one of the best scenes in cinema.
  2. Apr 10, 2011
    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
  3. PyrH
    Oct 28, 2009
    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. TomG
    Nov 2, 2009
    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. Expand
  5. Aug 27, 2010
    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
  6. Jul 9, 2011
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  7. CWein
    Mar 13, 2010
    This movie is on my worst ever list. I usually agree with Metacritic ratings but this one is way off. Nothing happens the whole movie. The characters are boring as is the script. I would not recommend this movie for my worst enemy. Collapse

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