Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
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  1. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Aug 30, 2012
    Beloved spans 45 years, shifting from Paris to Prague to London to Montreal, and it boasts an especially strong performance by Paul Schneider.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Aug 4, 2012
    Christophe Honoré goes epic in a tale of interlocking lives that owes a debt to Jacques Demy. It won't be to everyone's taste but it's playful enough to win us over.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 6, 2012
    By the time it glides -- not lumbers -- to the closing credits, it's also amazingly moving.
  4. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 16, 2012
    It's as if he has been trying to express something, or to make his own particular kind of good movie, for 10 whole years. Now he has.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Aug 16, 2012
    Beloved never really earns its sprawling timeline, eventually getting bogged down with too many developments and overstaying its welcome. For a movie where people intermittently burst into song, the plot is oddly one-note.
  6. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Aug 15, 2012
    Honoré's combination of contemporary romantic hijinks and the stylization inherent in the musical genre aren't juxtaposed ironically: Beloved is a tenderly sincere musical that celebrates love even as it acknowledges the ways in which it can sometimes lead to tragedy.
  7. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Aug 16, 2012
    Beloved is at once whimsical and heartfelt, alive to the absurdity and perversity of amorous behavior and also to the gravity and intensity of human emotions.
  8. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Sep 13, 2012
    At 40, Mastroianni is looking more and more like her father, Marcello Mastroianni. She has his eyes and that air of existential befuddlement, and she's beginning to suggest the magnificent ruin he became in his later career.

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