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6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8

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  1. Sep 5, 2011
    4
    I had moderately high expectations for this film after seeing the very stylish & cool trailer. However, Serge was just enough of a jerk, and his alter ego puppet was just annoying enough that the effects of the music and historical context were drowned out. Yes, Eric Elmosnino does a serviceable job as Serge, and Laetitia Casta is outstanding as Bridget Bardot. But it touches too manyI had moderately high expectations for this film after seeing the very stylish & cool trailer. However, Serge was just enough of a jerk, and his alter ego puppet was just annoying enough that the effects of the music and historical context were drowned out. Yes, Eric Elmosnino does a serviceable job as Serge, and Laetitia Casta is outstanding as Bridget Bardot. But it touches too many themes without fully penetrating the lead character's psychology and motivations. Tough to root for the guy. A couple of people in my (packed) theater gave it a round of applause, but the rest of the the group was silent. Expand
  2. Lyn
    Jun 6, 2014
    8
    An extra point for the storytelling in this film, which is consistently entertaining and inventive. In Gainsbourg's day -- before the briefest little tweet could conjure up a big, ridiculous controversy -- you had to work harder to stir things up. The film shows how he did that, while dealing with his own demons and insecurities. I've always been particularly interested in thinking aboutAn extra point for the storytelling in this film, which is consistently entertaining and inventive. In Gainsbourg's day -- before the briefest little tweet could conjure up a big, ridiculous controversy -- you had to work harder to stir things up. The film shows how he did that, while dealing with his own demons and insecurities. I've always been particularly interested in thinking about Gainsbourg in relation to his daughter Charlotte. She (alas?) looks more like him than her gorgeous mother, but also has his phenomenal ability for shape-shifting, with her serious, terrific talent. This was an interesting look at a her father as a self-made pop culture phenomenon. Expand
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Dec 9, 2011
    75
    It's a comedic dramatization with a looming shadow of the surreal.
  2. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 10, 2011
    75
    In short, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a charmer.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Nov 3, 2011
    50
    An excellently cast biopic about yet another self-destructive genius who burnt out but will never fade away – at least not in France, or wherever cigarettes, alcohol, and sex are still allowed.