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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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jul 3, 2013
    70
    At nearly three hours, it's by turns an extraordinary and exhausting work.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Apr 15, 2013
    20
    It goes on for ever without getting properly started: an epic of depthless self-indulgence.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. 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 the only way it possibly could. A very emotionally fulfilling film. Expand
  2. 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 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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