Clouds of Sils Maria Image
Metascore
76

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  • Summary: At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria; a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Chloë Grace Moretz) is to take on the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 25, 2014
    91
    The typically great Binoche conveys a tantalizing mixture of confidence and unease as she considers her glamorous past and undetermined future.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    May 25, 2014
    90
    Binoche leaves audiences with the same exhilarating feeling here — of having witnessed something precious and rare — answering the challenge of Assayas’ script by revealing a character incredibly closer to her soul.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 25, 2014
    80
    If Assayas's film finally falls just shy of being great art itself, it is at least handsomely staged and played with conviction.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    May 25, 2014
    70
    Binoche and Stewart seem so natural and life-like that it would be tempting to suggest that they are playing characters very close to themselves. But this would also be denigrating and condescending, as if to suggest that they’re not really acting at all.
  5. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    May 25, 2014
    67
    Poised between melodrama and chamber piece, then, Clouds of Sils Maria is either too silly or not silly enough.
  6. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    May 25, 2014
    60
    Both actresses are excellent, with Binoche given more to do and she flips between attempting to get into the skin of her character and back to her normal self. Stewart, on the other hand, has an easy naturalism as she moves from devotion to rebellion without ever being able to fully express herself.
  7. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    May 25, 2014
    50
    At best a handful of transitory pleasures, Sils Maria threads through the peaks and valleys of weighty, interesting topics, but makes no lasting impression on them.

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