Blue Is the Warmest Color

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 282 Ratings

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  • Summary: Blue is the Warmest Color centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls for her, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines thatBlue is the Warmest Color centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls for her, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Léa Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle's life for real, leading to an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction. [IFC Films] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    May 27, 2013
    100
    Less concerned with classic storytelling than with creating virtual performance pieces on screen, the film features dozens of extended sequences of Adele and Emma both in and out of bed—scenes that are virtuously acted and directed, even if they run on for longer than most filmmakers would allow.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Oct 25, 2013
    100
    It’s a simple, even predictable story, yet textured so exquisitely and acted so forcefully as to feel almost revelatory.
  3. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    Nov 18, 2013
    100
    Anchored by two of the most natural, committed performances you’ll ever see, Blue Is The Warmest Colour is the most moving love story of the year.
  4. 90
    The movie goes on for three hours without an emotional letup — it’s finally overwhelming.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Oct 24, 2013
    88
    Blue Is the Warmest Color sweeps you up on waves of humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 27, 2013
    80
    It's a long movie, and by the end you may well feel every bit as wrung out as the characters. But it is genuinely passionate film-making.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Nov 7, 2013
    50
    Kechiche's doting on entwined limbs, thrusting pelvises and oral stimulation, all carefully posed and continued longer than necessary to get his point across, races beyond titillation to creepy voyeurism.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 43
  2. Negative: 9 out of 43
  1. Nov 5, 2013
    10
    BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR left me so astounded that I had to walk aimlessly for an hour to get over its gut wrenching examination of ourBLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR left me so astounded that I had to walk aimlessly for an hour to get over its gut wrenching examination of our ability to love and lose so profoundly. After nearly 2 hours and 20 minutes the film builds to a series of scenes that make you feel like your heart has been scraped by a knife, leaving only a battered shell of veins intact. Forget all the talk of explicit and long sex scenes, these just small bits of BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, a very modern story of love and its power over all of us. Is it really possible to feel so profoundly? And can we possibly move on? Expand
  2. Dec 26, 2013
    10
    My favorite movie of the year. It casts a magical spell on the viewer. I "fell in love" with the main character and thought about her for daysMy favorite movie of the year. It casts a magical spell on the viewer. I "fell in love" with the main character and thought about her for days afterward. Just a sublime movie in every way. Expand
  3. Oct 27, 2013
    9
    The film captures the thrill and the pain of young love highly effectively. The two lead actresses are phenomenal. Even though the movie isThe film captures the thrill and the pain of young love highly effectively. The two lead actresses are phenomenal. Even though the movie is over three hours, it never drags. I'd suggest it's not first-date material, but perhaps second date! Everyone's heard about the sex scenes. I think they're well done, but perhaps a hair too long. Absolutely recommended. Expand
  4. Mar 31, 2014
    8
    An interesting story, well executed.

    I could watch Adele what's-her-name eat a bowl of cereal and nothing else in a feature length film.
    An interesting story, well executed.

    I could watch Adele what's-her-name eat a bowl of cereal and nothing else in a feature length film. She was captivating and the director deserves props for creating this timeless piece of art regardless of his methods or level of creepiness.

    So says me, anyways.
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  5. Nov 29, 2014
    7
    It was a very good movie that was well acted and I would recommend to people to watch but it did go on for some time and didn't feel likeIt was a very good movie that was well acted and I would recommend to people to watch but it did go on for some time and didn't feel like there was a concrete plot and it was just allowed to go on and on. It was an enjoyable film though. Expand
  6. Oct 16, 2015
    5
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  7. Mar 6, 2016
    0
    It' a boring movie. Nothing special occurs. I've watched all the film hoping at the end there would be something interesting. But no. And asIt' a boring movie. Nothing special occurs. I've watched all the film hoping at the end there would be something interesting. But no. And as the movie lasts 3 hours, you feel them.
    A complete waste of time and money.
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