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  • Summary: Lea and Juliette are sisters who are almost complete strangers. Juliette has just been released from prison after serving a long sentence. Lea contacted Juliette when she was released and suggested that Juliette come to live with her. Juliette had no particular desire to see her sisterLea and Juliette are sisters who are almost complete strangers. Juliette has just been released from prison after serving a long sentence. Lea contacted Juliette when she was released and suggested that Juliette come to live with her. Juliette had no particular desire to see her sister again. Life together isn’t easy to begin with. Juliette has to relearn certain basics. The world has moved on and she often seems confused. Although she may seem cold and distant, her attitude stems more from her being ill at ease. Gradually, the real Juliette emerges. She opens up to the world once more. But a huge question hangs over Juliette’s renaissance. Why did she do such a terrible thing fifteen years ago? (Sony Classics) Expand
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Kristin Scott Thomas' performance in I've Loved You So Long is one of a small handful of highlights by which people will remember this year in movies. This is acting at its most exalted.
  2. Performances this strong and direction this sensitive make us simply grateful to have an emotional story we can sink our teeth into and enjoy.
  3. 88
    This is one of Kristin Scott Thomas' most inspired performances.
  4. Philippe Claudel's direction is both probing and delicate, and Scott Thomas's face, even immobile, keeps you watching, searching for hints of her character's past, unable to blink for fear of missing something vital.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Writer/director Philippe Claudel knows just how to structure a character study of this sort, so that key elements and important secrets are revealed over time, piquing our interest. The film is almost like a novel or short story, so one's curiosity is satisfied slowly.
  6. This is a movie about actors acting; who cares why Juliette was in the pen?
  7. 50
    Claudel commits the cardinal sin of withholding the full story until the very end, when it spills out in a histrionic scene between the two sisters and largely exonerates the older one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. DeanB.
    Feb 25, 2009
    10
    Magnificent central performances and wonderfully composed imagery ensure that this mystery-tinged tragi-drama is genuinely moving. My top Magnificent central performances and wonderfully composed imagery ensure that this mystery-tinged tragi-drama is genuinely moving. My top film of 2008. Expand
  2. LindaP
    Mar 27, 2009
    10
    A beautiful story of love and trust between sisters.
  3. Mar 24, 2013
    10
    Riviting & exquisitely performed! This film is a love story that puts on display a stunning tour de force performance by the two femaleRiviting & exquisitely performed! This film is a love story that puts on display a stunning tour de force performance by the two female leads. Their interplay is more than worth the price of admission alone, and the supporting cast rings just as true. Their tale of love & redemption is familiar, but never done better, & without any cliches or film noir tricks to dress it up. I have never seen a film depicting the enduring love of a family member for a sibling as well as this bittersweet tale. The masterful craftsmanship of everyone involved is blessedly on display in ample abundance. Moving, heartfelt, inspirational & profound with scenes that will stay with you for a long time. Go ahead, treat yourself to a viewing (or several). Expand
  4. HabsB.
    Nov 24, 2008
    9
    Tour-de-force smoldering performance from Miss Scott-Thomas. Excellent support from ELSA Zylberstein. Deeply affecting story.
  5. JayH.
    Mar 5, 2009
    7
    Sensitively acted, particularly by Kristin Scott Thomas. Very well written, evenly paced and the characters a so richly developed. Always Sensitively acted, particularly by Kristin Scott Thomas. Very well written, evenly paced and the characters a so richly developed. Always interesting. Nicely done. Expand
  6. EdM.
    Dec 14, 2008
    6
    Good acting, yes, but enduring a slow, drawn out development of what was, for me, a not very interesting story just to see various ways Good acting, yes, but enduring a slow, drawn out development of what was, for me, a not very interesting story just to see various ways emotions can be repressed and then released, wasn't worth the time. Expand
  7. JMale
    Mar 16, 2009
    1
    Horrible. I thought this movie would never end.

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