Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    May 1, 2014
    75
    The striking Thierry brings her character to nuanced life on screen.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jun 5, 2014
    70
    There's storytelling vigor here and fine performances, plus some pointed exchanges about the burdens of cultural identity and emotional preservation in the aftermath of immense upheaval.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 29, 2014
    70
    For a Woman, Diane Kurys' semi-autobiographical film, benefits greatly from its intimate nature, in which a woman discovers secrets from her family's past.
  4. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    May 1, 2014
    60
    The 1980s sequences, with their tears and epiphanies, are less vivid and less convincing. An inviting sense of mystery hangs over the events of 1947, Ms. Kurys’s origin story.
  5. Reviewed by: Missy Schwartz
    May 1, 2014
    58
    The acting is largely irreproachable, but the direction is leaden, and the movie just can’t overcome its clunky framing device and nagging air of inauthenticity.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Sobczynski
    May 2, 2014
    50
    The end result is itself not especially intriguing.
  7. Reviewed by: Danny King
    Apr 29, 2014
    50
    Visually, Kurys offers a mostly conventional, period-handsome widescreen style, which suits her capable actors just fine. The real drawback, though, is the spoon-feeding frame narrative, which takes away from the urgency.

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