Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. A visually lush and eerily enigmatic parable of female sexuality, Lucile Hadzihalilovic's ominous fairy tale raises questions you'll be wondering about for days.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Hadzihalilovic succeeds brilliantly at crafting a meaningful enigma that somehow grasps the essence of adolescence, but only grows more mysterious with each revelation.
  3. 100
    One of the oddest, most perplexing -- and delightful -- films to come along this year. And last year, too.
  4. 80
    This is the weirdest film I've seen all year, or at least the weirdest good film. It's also among the most powerful.
  5. An unashamed art picture, the kind of film where extreme aestheticism mixes with nightmare dread, where the story resembles a bad dream and where Freudian symbols cluster around the events like a swarm of insects. It's a very pretty film, but it's also lean, enigmatic and so obscure.
  6. The line between cinematic art and exploitation has rarely seemed finer and nervier, at least in recent memory, than in the French film Innocence.
  7. Confronts the line between the celebration and the exploitation of innocence with an uneasy tension that is discomforting at best.
  8. 50
    The more overtly allegorical Innocence becomes, the duller it gets.
  9. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    This genuine curio maintains its mystery to the end.
  10. Innocence is not merely the year's best first film, but one of the great statements on the politics of being 'tween.
  11. The Oxford English Dictionary says that an allegory is "an extended or continued metaphor." And to think that this definition was coined when a French film called Innocence was still very far in the future! But how aptly this film proves the point.
  12. 70
    Hadzihalilovic, the wife of cinematic agent provocateur Gaspar NoƩ and his sometime collaborator, has created a work of limpid beauty and eerie menace that some undoubtedly will dismiss as kiddie porn.
  13. Reviewed by: Sura Wood
    Sustains a pervasive feeling of anxiety and suspense, despite an absence of dramatic conflict or resolution.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. nathang.
    Dec 2, 2005
    Outstanding film, full of insight into the nature of female boarding schools and their existance as a mechanism for sustaining and instilling class and gender distinctions in modern society, beautifully and powerfully shot, this is an enlightening film! Full Review »
  2. Jun 23, 2012
    An enigmatic and allegorical film that manages to sustain a penetrating feeling of uneasiness and suspense in a visually exuberant parable of female sexuality. It is a journey so vibrant that the lack of destination becomes an asset rather than a limitation. Full Review »
  3. Sep 11, 2011
    An extremely interesting film that makes you think. Strange, yes, weird yes, but you will have the plot going round in your head for ever and then probably never understand it. Full Review »