Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 76
    One of the year's best imports and one of the very few queer movies that transcends its sexual orientation.
  2. 75
    This is the kind of story that has to be true; as fiction, it would not be believable.
  3. Färberböck has directed the story with a canny blend of liveliness and taste.
  4. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    A lustrously shot, well-acted and immensely moving romantic drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    A bold, remarkable film.
  6. 89
    That Aimée & Jaguar manages so well in triple duty as a wartime melodrama with a lesbian twist is remarkable.
  7. Färberböck's sensual adaptation is a matter of fact embrace of the unconventional and dangerous during a terrible time.
  8. First-time feature film director Max Farberbock has given a terrific visual style, resonance, sense of hope and power to the material.
  9. 80
    A sophisticated and beautiful feature debut.
  10. 80
    Its series of quiet but moving realizations of the utter ubiquity of the Nazi horror in every single aspect of life, even something as hidden as a sexual sub-culture, is powerful indeed.
  11. With key scenes so vivid they barely feel scripted, this is more than a same-sex success, it's a most affecting, most sensual on-screen love affair, period.
  12. A surprisingly lush, well-produced film.
  13. 60
    A consistently engrossing piece of work.
  14. 60
    Relies on the hefty talents of its two leading ladies.
  15. 40
    There is surprisingly little emotional amplitude in the film.
  16. A guilty pleasure and one of the best films of the year.
  17. 75
    When Aimee and Jaguar gets on one of its frequent rolls, it can evoke memories of Bertolucci or even De Sica.
  18. 75
    Entertaining, extravagantly emotional.
  19. There's no denying the raw emotional power of this heart-rending story.
  20. 83
    It's a first love story that goes beyond many simplistic notions as to why people fall for one another. If it weren't true, no one would believe it.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. LisaJoN.
    May 21, 2006
    As a lesbian and as someone who lived in Germany as a child after the second world war, I found the emotional and national resonance of the film to be breathtaking. Everthing rings so true and at the same time so wonderously happy and so tragic. I cannot recommend a film more hightly. Full Review »