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Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Sep 12, 2012
    50
    Beloved evokes some of the fine moments in the careers of Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni, but it doesn't re-create them.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 16, 2012
    75
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Aug 16, 2012
    40
    Long before your 140 minutes are up, you may wish you went to see "Sparkle" instead.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Sep 13, 2012
    63
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Aug 30, 2012
    88
    Beloved spans 45 years, shifting from Paris to Prague to London to Montreal, and it boasts an especially strong performance by Paul Schneider.
  6. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Aug 16, 2012
    70
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 17, 2012
    25
    Dire musical interludes are sprinkled throughout the sprawling mess Beloved, an uninvolving would-be romantic epic that spans 45 years in the life of a mother and her daughter, starting in the early 1960s.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 6, 2012
    75
    By the time it glides -- not lumbers -- to the closing credits, it's also amazingly moving.
  9. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Aug 16, 2012
    75
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Aug 14, 2012
    40
    Even with Gallic neomusical royalty like Catherine Deneuve joining in the fray, the whole endeavor reeks of the filmmaker throwing everything against the wall yet barely making anything stick.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Aug 4, 2012
    60
    The movie is at its lightest, most charming and most persuasive in the 60s; as it approaches the present, something inescapably preposterous weighs it down, though Honoré carries it off with some flair.
  12. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Aug 14, 2012
    30
    A sprawling mess of multiple romantic triangles in which all the angles are obtuse.
  13. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Aug 14, 2012
    50
    Ultimately crammed at a frustrating juncture between period-piece froth and seriously conceived drama, never tipping its hand toward either.
  14. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Aug 4, 2012
    80
    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.
  15. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Aug 15, 2012
    25
    Honoré's made better films, and he'll make better films again; the most damning thing you can say about this one isn't that it feels like Honore doing a third-rate imitation of Francois Ozon ("Potiche," "8 Women"), but rather that it often feels like Honoré doing a third-rate imitation of himself.
  16. Reviewed by: Tom Dawson
    Aug 4, 2012
    60
    Alex Beaupain's songs effectively convey emotion, but Beloved doesn't scale the heights of the Truffaut and Demy films it pastiches.
  17. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Aug 15, 2012
    75
    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.

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