Amour

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 242 Ratings

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  • Summary: Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested. [Sony Pictures Classics]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 13, 2013
    100
    With Amour, it's the rare feeling of watching a masterpiece unfold.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 20, 2012
    100
    This is an unforgettable love story set at the close of day, as tragic and beautiful in its way as "Tristan und Isolde," and a portrait of the impossible beauty and fragility of life that will yield new experiences to every viewer and every viewing.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Nov 12, 2012
    100
    Michael Haneke's Palme D'Or winner is uncomfortable, uncompromising, unflinching... and utterly unmissable. Old age may not be a reality you wish to confront, but you must see this film.
  4. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Jan 11, 2013
    100
    More arduously, Riva is obliged to act out the physical decline while still registering a full spectrum of emotions. Remarkably, she does it all, even when reduced to communicating with her eyes alone. Hers is, in every sense of the phrase, a nakedly honest performance.
  5. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Dec 31, 2012
    90
    What makes Amour so strong and clear is that it allows Haneke to anatomize his own severity.
  6. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 26, 2012
    88
    This may sound depressing and, in a sense it is, but these things are part of life and Haneke conveys them with a simplicity that is heartbreaking.
  7. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Nov 12, 2012
    50
    This isn't the work of a newly moral or humanistic filmmaker, but another ruse by the same unscrupulous showman whose funny games have been beguiling us for years.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 47
  2. Negative: 4 out of 47
  1. Jun 18, 2013
    10
    This is Perfection Heartbreaking story about love
    Haneke is a genius his work is Masterful and poignant Trintignant and Riva were out of
    This is Perfection Heartbreaking story about love
    Haneke is a genius his work is Masterful and poignant Trintignant and Riva were out of this world what a performances a stunning work
    Words cannot describe my passion about this Masterpiece you must watch it to feel the intensity os this magnificent and sad story
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  2. Dec 20, 2012
    10
    Amour is a meticulous, demanding and a delicate psychological drama with a story and narrative beyond your imagination, it includes theAmour is a meticulous, demanding and a delicate psychological drama with a story and narrative beyond your imagination, it includes the elements of love, drama, and horror in a single storyline. The beginning is a mere proof that something is going to happen in the end, but how it would, and more importantly, WHY it would, reveals in the film through old memories, poetry and heart-warming conversations. A lot of people may not like this movie and think of it as garbage, which I know would happen but let me put it this way: Not everyone can understand the true meaning of this film. You have to understand what is going on, you have to think of the story from everyone Expand
  3. Jan 17, 2013
    10
    Ultimate cinematic perfection ! this film is the symbol of life and love. Not only is it beautifully crafted but the acting is impeccableUltimate cinematic perfection ! this film is the symbol of life and love. Not only is it beautifully crafted but the acting is impeccable highlighting the honest and true nature of the screenplay, in my eyes film can get no better .
    Haneke is the best director of 2012 and produced the best film too.
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  4. Feb 22, 2013
    9
    'Amour' is a tough one. On the one hand, 'Amour' is beautifully acted (particularly Emmanuelle Riva), impeccably directed, and wonderfully'Amour' is a tough one. On the one hand, 'Amour' is beautifully acted (particularly Emmanuelle Riva), impeccably directed, and wonderfully crafted and written. On the other hand, in terms of entertainment, its slow, it drags, and it's by no means an exciting topic. But, all of that is drowned out by 'Amour's' true beauty. Describing it in a few words? Devastatingly beautiful. Expand
  5. Jan 23, 2013
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is a fantastic and powerful movie... amazing performances, unrelenting realism... and then comes the ending. I REALLY DISLIKED the way it ended/began and think it undermined the integrity of the film. It was uncharacteristically sentimental. My guess is this was done to give the wider audience a slightly nicer-than-bleak tone? Why else would the director want us to believe that after he (presumably) kills himself (what on earth happens to his body???) the couple are re-united in the "afterlife". Hmmm. Sweet, but irrelevant to the story and superstitious speculation at best. The missing body, or the fact it was not alluded to at the start of the movie when her body is found, seems like an unnecessary and contrived ploy "to make us wonder", debate the ending etc... In this way it is contrived, perhaps a marketing department idea to create a "hook" for cinema goers to debate and therefore promote the movie. This missing body anomaly, and the fact that we are given the "feel good" token at the end seems entirely inconsistent with the rest of the movie - which is so beautifully real. So the ending (beginning) is really poor and somewhat spoils what would have been a masterpiece. Expand
  6. Nov 26, 2013
    7
    Amour is a very dry film, seemingly as elegant and lifeless as the museum-like apartment in which the elderly couple lives. In a way it feelsAmour is a very dry film, seemingly as elegant and lifeless as the museum-like apartment in which the elderly couple lives. In a way it feels necessary, focusing with unflinching precision on an aspect of love and relationships that is usually overlooked (and certainly not by accident). The problem is, as the title suggests, this is a film about a phenomenon, a philosophical concept, but not about people. The two characters do have names, but for all intents and purposes they are just Old Person 1 and Old Person 2, and as the camera's gaze bounces off their impeccably shot faces and rests on shelves full of old, dusty books, it becomes apparent that this isn't really a drama, but more of an essay, and instead of a punch in the gut it delivers a long, stern lecture. You should absolutely see it if you haven't already, but that's the central problem with Amour: it's the kind of film that you watch because it's important, not because it's good. Expand
  7. Jul 14, 2013
    0
    Sweet Jesus, the only one that deserves an award is the audience, and being able to sit through thisSweet Jesus, the only one that deserves an award is the audience, and being able to sit through this without...falling........asleeeeeppppp....
    This movie is completely lifeless, void of any dynamic, the characters are far more boring than anyone can ever be in real life, and you will have a hard time not wishing for them to just die so the movie can end. I am not sure who exactly is sitting on that Cannes jury, but they seem to have forgotten that the one main element that makes a movie good is whether or not the audience is entertained.
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