User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
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  1. JeffA
    Jan 1, 2010
    1
    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.
  2. EricP.
    May 6, 2003
    3
    The tendency with some French films: to think that being vague can manufacture a sense of the profound. This is not the case. When the film was over, I simply didn't care about anything I had just watched. A saw little evidence of a creative vision being brought to life. It was shallow and lazy.
  3. MikeG
    Dec 4, 2004
    2
    The dancing is great, and the cinematography is wonderful. But it's a disjointed, often confusing movie, especially if you're not familiar with Billy Budd.
  4. MaxA.
    Dec 17, 2006
    2
    Brooding, plodding, self-conscious and silly. This is a caricature of a French art film. It goes nowhere for an hour and a half while the protagonist poses and smokes lots of cigarettes. In a word: merde.
Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. So minimalist in characterization and dialogue that the plot all but evaporates -- and so does any dramatic power.
  2. 100
    Unique and unforgettable.