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  • Summary: A stroke-afflicted filmmaker (Isabelle Huppert) is manipulated by a notorious con man.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Sobczynski
    Aug 15, 2014
    100
    This is a work just as startling and potent as anything she has done to date — a powerful example of art being used to exorcise personal demons that is anchored by two stunning performances and some of the most gripping moments to be seen in any film so far this year.
  2. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    Aug 12, 2014
    90
    Breillat's impressive film is a study of bodies and how we carry them, and it explores the manner in which weakness seeks out strength on an almost primal level, bypassing the higher modes of human thought.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary M. Kramer
    Aug 26, 2014
    83
    Huppert gives a virtuoso performance here — not only because she deftly meets the extreme physical challenges of her role, but by playing Maud with unabashed humor and heart.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Sep 17, 2013
    80
    Of all living actresses, only Huppert could capture nuances that alternately elicit sympathy and fierce sexual attraction to a recent stroke victim.
  5. Reviewed by: Leah Greenblatt
    Aug 17, 2014
    75
    Huppert is a wonder, inhabiting every iota of rage and froideur and helplessness; if only the movie's motives were as lucid as her performance.
  6. Reviewed by: Ela Bittencourt
    Jul 24, 2014
    75
    Breillat's scripting of Maud as fatally distant from her family, willfully independent, but more believably abandoned, is haunting.
  7. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 2, 2014
    50
    Abuse of Weakness is 20 minutes of a great movie and another 85 minutes of nothing much.

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  1. Aug 25, 2014
    6
    Isabelle Huppert proves how brilliant she is with an astounding close up that seems to last forever and is truly the greatest moment in ABUSEIsabelle Huppert proves how brilliant she is with an astounding close up that seems to last forever and is truly the greatest moment in ABUSE OF WEAKNESS. This very personal and very embarassing story is true and it happened to director Catherine Breillet. Perhaps she could not face it. And therefore, ABUSE is very tame for such a ruthless director who explored terrain no one else would dare. Expand

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