Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. 100
    Unique and unforgettable.
  2. You may not like Beau Travail - which is, after all, a quintessential "critic's film" - but I think you'll have to admit it's been almost perfectly executed.
  3. A film that has the sweep and esthetic power of a full-length ballet.
  4. (Denis's) visual style is hypnotic, rapturous, and she makes barren landscapes look gorgeous, hard men look vulnerable.
  5. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    For anyone who wants to see wildly inventive, peerless filmmaking that's oblivious to market-place formulas, Beau Travail is an absolute must-see.
  6. 100
    It easily is the most beautiful picture released in America so far this year, perhaps one of the most beautiful films ever made.
  7. 100
    A movie so tactile in its cinematography, inventive in its camera placement, and sensuous in its editing that the purposefully oblique and languid narrative is all but eclipsed.
  8. 90
    A lovely piece of work.
  9. Reviewed by: Brendan Bernhard
    Leaving the theater, you feel not only as if you've been in a foreign country, but as if you'd gone there inside someone else's skin.
  10. 90
    Claire Denis' baffling and exhilarating "Billy Budd" smolders with heat-blasted rhythms and supercharged acting.
  11. A stunning work of beauty, mystery, contemplation, and grit -- and like sands through the desert hourglass, these are the days of our lives.
  12. "Chocolat" was just a warmup for the stunning display of the male form against National Geographic settings in her new Beau Travail.
  13. A ruggedly beautiful landscape of desert and sea provides a dramatic setting for a psychological drama told with the utmost rigor--and unabashed eroticism.
  14. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Denis dispenses with most of Melville's hefty Christian symbolism in favor of the story's other great theme -- repressed homoerotic desire.
  15. 66
    The characters are barely characters, the story barely a story, and the elliptical filmmaking style that so besots Denis' many fans could drive you to drink.
  16. So minimalist in characterization and dialogue that the plot all but evaporates -- and so does any dramatic power.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Nov 27, 2013
    Claire Denis consistently breaks the boundaries of conventional filmmaking without resorting to pretension. BEAU TRAVAIL may just be herClaire Denis consistently breaks the boundaries of conventional filmmaking without resorting to pretension. BEAU TRAVAIL may just be her masterpiece, though I have a true fondness for TROUBLE EVERY DAY. Full Review »
  2. JeffA
    Jan 1, 2010
    Ugh, another pretentious, boring "art" film. Truly lame. What is it with the french? I see so many of the worst films coming from there.
  3. Yvan
    Dec 9, 2009
    A stunning, melancholy film. Easily one of the best of the decade.