Marcel Proust's Time Regained

Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23

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  1. Densely layered, demanding and beautiful, Ruiz has found the perfect venue for his passions and created the most cinematically breathtaking film of the new millennium.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    100
    You can count on the fingers of one hand the number of works in any given year to which one is moved to apply the word ''masterpiece.'' Raul Ruiz's Time Regained is one of them.
  3. Ruiz has made the most ambitious adaptation of a Proust work yet.
  4. 91
    Once you lose yourself in Ruiz's stunning achievement -- a wonderfully acted, beautifully realized vision of Proust -- you'll be enchanted.
  5. A mesmerizing, shimmering and amazingly successful adaptation of Time Regained.
  6. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    90
    A gorgeous dreamscape of a movie...one of the most exhilarating experiences of pure cinema that will be offered this year.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    This is a serious filmgoer's treat: intelligence cloaked in elegance.
  8. A lot more imaginative and entertaining than one might have thought possible, a feast for the eye and mind.
  9. 88
    It is not about memories but memory. Yours, mine, Proust's. Memory makes us human.
  10. 80
    The daring of the conception is matched only by the brilliance of the execution.
  11. 80
    Comes as close as perhaps any film has gotten to approximating the inner life of an artist.
  12. 80
    Resembles an Impressionist masterpiece come to life, and ends with a tremendously moving acceptance of art and mortality.
  13. This film's intelligence and uncompromising originality commend it to even moviegoers with zero tolerance for top hats, parasols, and crap English accents.
  14. A long sit for those unfamiliar with Proust's literary quest and output, but the view is sensational.
  15. 70
    The film's demands may be too perplexing.
  16. Struggles under the burden of adapting such rarefied material.
  17. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    Engrossing despite its chaotically fragmented form.
  18. Those not familiar with Proust will doubtless feel lost. Unlike the printed word, film does not offer the chance to pause and reflect, or go back and re-read a passage.
  19. 63
    If you go with the flow, there's seductive imagery and a terrific performance by John Malkovich as a decadent baron.
  20. The film only occasionally comes to life - it's too literal (and literary), too studied, too still.

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