Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 90
    You can't imagine a soapier setup, but Gilles' Wife taken on its own terms is a spectacular achievement, a heartbreaking cinematic work that finely balances melodrama, family love story and devastating tragedy.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ng
    90
    Devos's performance is an expert workshop of internalized emotions and silent forbearance.
  3. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    90
    Told primarily via body language and facial expressions with a minimum of dialogue, beautifully observed, emotionally intense tale is an ambitious and rewarding outing for Frederic Fonteyne.
  4. The ending is a stunner. Like those '30 classics it suggests, Gilles' Wife seduces us with true cinematic magic: rich characters, great acting and that rapturous old French blend of realism and theatricality.
  5. 88
    There's a timelessness to her character that makes her real even today. And in Devos' intense portrayal, she's a woman you admire.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    Cornillac is excellent as the emotionally immature Gilles, but this is Devos' show.

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