Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Denis dispenses with most of Melville's hefty Christian symbolism in favor of the story's other great theme -- repressed homoerotic desire.
  3. A stunning work of beauty, mystery, contemplation, and grit -- and like sands through the desert hourglass, these are the days of our lives.
  4. (Denis's) visual style is hypnotic, rapturous, and she makes barren landscapes look gorgeous, hard men look vulnerable.
  5. 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.
  6. A film that has the sweep and esthetic power of a full-length ballet.
  7. 90
    Claire Denis' baffling and exhilarating "Billy Budd" smolders with heat-blasted rhythms and supercharged acting.
  8. Reviewed by: Brendan Bernhard
    90
    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.
  9. A ruggedly beautiful landscape of desert and sea provides a dramatic setting for a psychological drama told with the utmost rigor--and unabashed eroticism.
  10. 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.
  11. "Chocolat" was just a warmup for the stunning display of the male form against National Geographic settings in her new Beau Travail.
  12. So minimalist in characterization and dialogue that the plot all but evaporates -- and so does any dramatic power.
  13. 50
    If only Beau Travail had a more dramatic edge, this nicely done film wouldn't have felt so long.
  14. 100
    It easily is the most beautiful picture released in America so far this year, perhaps one of the most beautiful films ever made.
  15. 100
    Unique and unforgettable.
  16. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    100
    For anyone who wants to see wildly inventive, peerless filmmaking that's oblivious to market-place formulas, Beau Travail is an absolute must-see.
  17. 90
    A lovely piece of work.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 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
    9
    Claire 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 »