Amour

User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 222 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 222
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  1. Feb 2, 2013
    3
    I enjoy "slice of life" movies but this one was just too much. The acting is fantastic, first-rate, rarely better. The plot is sort of familiar, elderly couple, long term marriage, one gets very sick before the other, and the movie focuses how the less ill spouse manages the more ill spouse. The movie begins with the unsurprising end, then painstakingly drags us down every dark hallway,I enjoy "slice of life" movies but this one was just too much. The acting is fantastic, first-rate, rarely better. The plot is sort of familiar, elderly couple, long term marriage, one gets very sick before the other, and the movie focuses how the less ill spouse manages the more ill spouse. The movie begins with the unsurprising end, then painstakingly drags us down every dark hallway, bathroom kitchen, art museum, and on and on and on and on.......ad infinitum. The directors propensity to freeze shots, bereft of activity, meaning, or purpose, that seem endless. Not clear what he is trying to accomplish, what message he is trying to send, short of a veneer of seriousness or agony (in this case, of the viewer). This film is flat out boring and even incredible acting cannot bail it out. Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2013
    2
    Amour is certainly not the worse film of the year. It is without a doubt the most boring. There are too many slow, silent and flat out wasteful scenes taking forever to complete. The worse part was all the times throughout the film were literally nothing is happening. This just sucks the emotion out of the entire movie.
  3. Mar 2, 2013
    1
    haneke's "white ribbon" was magnificent. deserved every accolade. 'amour', mais non. emmanuelle riva, oui. very, very overrated film, especially in comparison the haneke's earlier work. pretty much a big yawn.
  4. Jul 14, 2013
    0
    Sweet 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
    Sweet 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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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: 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 13, 2013
    100
    With Amour, it's the rare feeling of watching a masterpiece unfold.