Metascore
94

Universal acclaim - based on 44 Critics

Critic 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: Calvin Wilson
    Jan 31, 2013
    100
    The story is so masterfully told that one can't help but be enthralled.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jan 24, 2013
    100
    Amour arrives with plaudits and praise. But this is not hype, it is all deserved. This is a masterpiece.
  4. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Jan 24, 2013
    100
    This is the sort of small, intimate drama about unpleasant subject matter Hollywood rarely deals with, but Haneke isn't worried about turning off his audience, because death is something everyone has in common. It fascinates us, the way it also scares us.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jan 17, 2013
    100
    What happens between two people? Only the chemistry that keeps us from stumbling through the chaos by ourselves. Is that an illusion, too? Amour says it doesn't much matter. There is no dignity in life except love.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jan 10, 2013
    100
    Amour is a must-see film that not everyone must see, at least right now.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jan 10, 2013
    100
    Small, sure and stunningly acted, this is a picture of exacting control.
  9. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jan 9, 2013
    100
    An unexpected kind of masterpiece by Haneke, whose films have included the enigmatic "Caché" and the earlier Golden Palm winner "The White Ribbon." We don't expect such unflinching seriousness, such profundity from Haneke.
  10. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jan 2, 2013
    100
    In Amour, these two actors show us what love is, what it really looks like, and what it may, at its most secret moments, demand.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Dec 20, 2012
    100
    Michael Haneke's French-language Amour, a perfect film about intertwined lives, proceeds at its own pace, and breathes so deeply that it takes your own breath away.
  13. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Dec 19, 2012
    100
    All great films have imagination; this one also has the sense of experience.
  14. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Dec 18, 2012
    100
    Magnificent in its simplicity and its relentless honesty about old age, illness and dying, Michael Haneke's Amour is a deliberately torturous watch.
  15. Reviewed by: Mary Corliss
    Dec 18, 2012
    100
    In the history of movies about love, Amour shall last forever.
  16. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Dec 18, 2012
    100
    A masterpiece about life, death and everything in between.
  17. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Dec 18, 2012
    100
    A director known for the icy classicism and genre subversion of films like "Funny Games" and "Caché," Haneke has a pitilessness that could not be more perfect for Amour, which would collapse at any whiff of sentimentality.
  18. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 18, 2012
    100
    Small victories that turn into defeats, long walks to gain little ground, little wounds that get deeper every day - growing old is a war, and movies rarely go there. Michael Haneke's amazing, dignified Amour is the exception.
  19. 100
    Something sacred passes between Trintignant and Riva. The actress's eyes signal deep awareness as the sounds coming out of her mouth become animalistic.
  20. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Dec 18, 2012
    100
    A perfect storm of a motion picture, with an icy, immaculate director unexpectedly taking on deeply emotional subject matter.
  21. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Dec 12, 2012
    100
    Don't let Amour join the legion of "Best Films You Never Saw." I urge you to share its sweetness and wisdom, and learn something.
  22. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Nov 18, 2012
    100
    The icy message may be that love is not a consolation as we face death. Rather the reverse. Love will give your death meaning, but make it no less unbearable.
  23. 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.
  24. Reviewed by: Jamie Graham
    Nov 12, 2012
    100
    A compassionate, masterful work that deservedly won Haneke a second Palme d'Or after "The White Ribbon's" 2009 victory. Best to avoid on a first date, though.
  25. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jan 24, 2013
    91
    While what's on screen is unsparing and clinically presented, the underlying, almost invisible humanity and artistry of the film inspire rather than depress.
  26. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Dec 20, 2012
    91
    Although not exactly heartwarming, Amour has a more contained vision of human relationships than Haneke's previous films without sacrificing its bleak foundation. It's his most conventional movie about death -- and the most poignant.
  27. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jan 10, 2013
    90
    Riva, meanwhile, is astounding, not just in the way she portrays the physical manifestation of her decline, particularly later in the film, but also earlier, when she knows she is fading and does not wish to do so. The look in her eyes, the sadness in her face, is crushing.
  28. 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.
  29. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Dec 20, 2012
    90
    At his provocative best, though - in his brilliant, gorgeous 2009 film "The White Ribbon," a study of the roots of fascism in domestic tyranny, and now in Amour - Haneke implicates us in the full range of human capacity.
  30. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Nov 12, 2012
    90
    Considering Haneke's confrontational past, this poignantly acted, uncommonly tender two-hander makes a doubly powerful statement about man's capacity for dignity and sensitivity when confronted with the inevitable cruelty of nature.
  31. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jan 24, 2013
    89
    Love means being helpmates throughout all of life's stages. Death is part of love's bargain, and Haneke lays this fact bare.
  32. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Feb 13, 2013
    88
    The superb Trintignant and the Oscar-nominated Riva – who would win, in a just world – embody once-vigorous people in inevitable decline. Yet as another critic has said, the film is sad without being depressing.
  33. 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.
  34. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 13, 2012
    88
    These two glam stars of French cinema – Riva in 1959's "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and Trintignant in 1966's "A Man and a Woman" – give performances of breathtaking power and beauty. Prepare for an emotional wipeout.
  35. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Dec 23, 2012
    83
    Amour is nevertheless the work of a filmmaker who isn't afraid to ask the big questions about human nature, and coming out of Amour it seems the director has hope for us yet.
  36. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Feb 16, 2013
    80
    Amour is a far cry from the warm-and-fuzzy version of love that most people are probably looking for on Valentine's Day. This movie is more of a slap than a hug. But reality hurts sometimes - just like love does.
  37. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Dec 26, 2012
    80
    Audiences smart and tough enough to seek the film out will have their own reward.
  38. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Dec 21, 2012
    80
    In the quietly devastating Amour, Haneke's cool, dispassionate gaze feels, for the first time, something like love.
  39. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Dec 11, 2012
    80
    It's not an easy sit; we're never let off the hook with golden-hued memories or belated bits of wisdom. Maybe this is love after all.
  40. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jan 10, 2013
    75
    Amour is also unforgettable and one of a kind, two hours of torment that, in the end, you will probably not regret.
  41. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Dec 12, 2012
    70
    For all that it is, as promised, about love, it's also a subtly punishing affair that grinds you into the ground as you watch an elderly couple deal with one member's slow deterioration of health and sanity.
  42. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Dec 21, 2012
    67
    Because of its subject matter, and because of the actors, it's impossible to watch this film without being moved. But a martinet is running the show.
  43. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Dec 18, 2012
    50
    Haneke remains, by his rules, infallible. So what? A movie in which incident is as spare as it is in Amour can certainly be great; a movie in which ideas and feelings are so sparse cannot.
  44. 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.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 194 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 45
  2. Negative: 5 out of 45
  1. 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 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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  2. Feb 18, 2013
    8
    Amour is a hard to follow film, but it is one of the most beautiful that I have ever seen. It is very touching and also rough, because it is noticeable the point that true love can reach. The movie portrayed an old woman with hemiplegia cause by a vascular accident with progressive decrease of brain activity and the future of the marriage will fall to her husband. What this picture is doing, is trying to figure out what is love, using apart from the plot, the script, the cameras and the performances. That is why the movie is so slow, with static camera movements and with people that evaluate what they are doing, because you cannot rush love, it is about patience and understanding. Everything in the film is well prepared, Michael Haneke definitely did an excellent job in directing and the protagonist couple is just brilliant, but I think is more Jean-Louis Trintignant than Emmanuelle Riva. Full Review »
  3. Jan 13, 2013
    5
    Amour features fine actors doing their best, but they also have to give performances that come from boring and never compelling characters. The story is simple and features plot points that aren't needed or particularly make sense. An original score would have been nice to hear because I was bored most of the time with it featuring long quiet scenes with no dialogue. Michael Haneke's Amour is a boring and undeniably pretty drama that manages to be forgettable. I give this movie 58%. Full Review »