Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jun 20, 2013
    100
    It takes cojones for a filmmaker to chase Fassbinder's ghost, but it takes heart and talent to damn near catch up with it.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jun 27, 2013
    90
    A big, beautiful, rambling immersion in a passion whose heat is fueled primarily by its impossibility.
  3. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Jun 27, 2013
    90
    Laurence Anyways flows naturally, both thematically and stylistically, from Dolan's previous movies; here, though, he succeeds more than ever at incorporating his visual idiosyncrasies into the narrative. In "I Killed My Mother" and even more so in "Heartbeats," the director's long slow-motion sequences and overbearing, eclectic soundtracks could feel like crutches, overused particularly during characters' moments of vulnerability.
  4. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Jun 26, 2013
    83
    For once in a Dolan film, an actor upstages the camera moves. That’s a promising precedent, as well as a hint that artistic adulthood won’t spoil this hotdogging prodigy.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 18, 2013
    80
    Laurence Anyways is like a big, ornate, overstuffed pillow of a movie. It’s attractive and comfortable, even if there’s just too much of it.
  6. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Jun 25, 2013
    80
    The film expresses, with much style and sophistication (if, at nearly three hours, perhaps an overabundance of both), the personal tragedy of love torn apart, of watching helplessly as your life crashes hard into another's but fails to stick.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jun 25, 2013
    80
    Forgive this film its marvelous moodiness — someone needs to go there once in a while.
  8. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Apr 15, 2013
    80
    It's hard to imagine that the prodigiously gifted Dolan is still in his early twenties. This is another work of marvellous maturity and assurance.
  9. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Apr 15, 2013
    80
    Dolan never flinches across this bold, brassy piece; it’s confidently directed, stylishly shot, passionately acted and evocatively scored.
  10. Reviewed by: Olivia Collette
    Jun 21, 2013
    75
    A gifted writer, Dolan likes to give his characters poignant mouthfuls, and you can tell the actors revel in his language.
  11. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Apr 15, 2013
    75
    The movie contains an epic scope that feels out of sync with the smallness of its plot; you get the idea by the first act and then Laurence's world simply hangs there for another two hours like a slo-mo shrug.
  12. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Apr 15, 2013
    75
    Unwieldy and unkempt but both moving and dizzying to experience, Laurence Anyways is Dolan's grandest statement yet.
  13. Reviewed by: Grant Butler
    Apr 15, 2013
    75
    It's a remarkably mature achievement
  14. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jul 3, 2013
    70
    At nearly three hours, it's by turns an extraordinary and exhausting work.
  15. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Apr 15, 2013
    70
    The clearest achievement of Dolan’s typically self-indulgent eye-popper comes in equating its gender-bending protagonist’s metamorphoses with those in any relationship that lasts for years.
  16. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    Apr 15, 2013
    70
    Even if the story grates in places, Laurence Anyways is perfectly enjoyable as an immersive orgy of pure sensory pleasure.
  17. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jun 28, 2013
    63
    At nearly three hours, it’s entirely too long, needlessly padded out with an intrusive interview-framing device.
  18. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Apr 15, 2013
    63
    In a contest between passion and pretension, Laurence Anyways reaches a kind of draw. What holds up here isn’t Dolan’s overly decorative filmmaking, but what he gets from his performers.
  19. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Apr 15, 2013
    20
    It goes on for ever without getting properly started: an epic of depthless self-indulgence.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 10, 2014
    8
    It is Canadian prodigy Xavier Dolan’s third feature, after I KILLED MY MOTHER (2009, 7/10) and HEARTBEATS (2010, 5/10), the first one heIt is Canadian prodigy Xavier Dolan’s third feature, after I KILLED MY MOTHER (2009, 7/10) and HEARTBEATS (2010, 5/10), the first one he doesn’t hog a leading role for himself. LAURENCE ANYWAYS chronicles a 10 year up-and-down relationship between Laurence Alia (Poupaud), a man with GID (Gender Identity Disorder) and determines to dress up like a woman, and his girlfriend Fred Belair (Clément) from 1989 to the looming millennium.
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  2. Mar 31, 2014
    8
    The story reveals it to be an epic romantic in its run time, and the performances are ballsy as well as being very vulnerable, ending in theThe story reveals it to be an epic romantic in its run time, and the performances are ballsy as well as being very vulnerable, ending in the only way it possibly could. A very emotionally fulfilling film. Full Review »