Renoir

Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Jun 15, 2013
    60
    Veteran French actor Bouquet brings a lifetime of experience to his arthritic old master, though, while the frequently unclad Theret captivates and exasperates in equal measure.
  2. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Mar 28, 2013
    60
    Unfortunately, for all the beauty, director Gilles Bourdos goes no further than simply observing surfaces.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Mar 26, 2013
    60
    Although there is incident in the film's second half...it doesn't build to the level of compelling drama, leaving the film in a quiet, temperate realm that scarcely makes the pulse race.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Mar 27, 2013
    58
    Ace cinematographer Mark Ping Bing Lee (In The Mood For Love) does a superb job of creating an Impressionist look, especially when shooting exteriors, but the film’s loveliness is skin-deep.
  5. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    May 15, 2013
    50
    Renoir is great at capturing some of the details of daily life within this unique household and conveying an Impressionist atmosphere on film, but as far as telling us a story, the film is a washout.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle MacMillan
    Apr 25, 2013
    50
    Bourdos’ high-minded aspirations are obvious, but his visually satisfying film is dramatically elusive.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jun 29, 2013
    40
    A syrupy drizzle of tasteful prettiness covers this cloying movie about the painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet) and his film-maker son Jean Renoir (Vincent Rottiers).
  8. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Mar 26, 2013
    40
    At least Mark Ping Bing Lee’s luscious cinematography distracts from the shallow storytelling. There are worse things than luxuriating in a two-hour Côte d’Azur travel ad.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 5, 2013
    9
    A movie where every scene is straight out of a renoir painting. The pace is slower than blockbuster adventure movies, speed being sacrificedA movie where every scene is straight out of a renoir painting. The pace is slower than blockbuster adventure movies, speed being sacrificed in the service of character development, and allowing time for the eye to absorb and appreciate the beauty and honesty of the performances given by a talented cast. The cinematography and direction make this a film likely to be appreciated by most art film lovers. The bad news... no big car chases, no messy murders, and nobody with superpowers... just a deep, rich, film that will leave you feeling glad you went. My wife and I both enjoyed this film. One caution, there is a fair amount of nudity... by one of the loveliest young actresses to grace the silver screen in many decades (Ms. Christa Theret). The nudity is sensitively and tastefully handled, never gratuitous, and always appropriate to the storyline. Full Review »
  2. May 23, 2013
    6
    The painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir spent the last years of his life on a country estate painting and struggling with arthritis. His son JeanThe painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir spent the last years of his life on a country estate painting and struggling with arthritis. His son Jean (who later became the famous filmmaker) comes home from war to find an alluring young model working for his father. In addition to endless shots at the easel (with her posing nude), we watch her affect both men. All of this happens at the pace of the countryside with lovely cinematography, but little else. If you enjoy ur biographies slow and subtle, this is for you. Full Review »
  3. May 16, 2013
    7
    This movie felt like a Renoir painting. It is beautiful and clear that someone cared about making sure that every visual aspect was wellThis movie felt like a Renoir painting. It is beautiful and clear that someone cared about making sure that every visual aspect was well thought out and carefully placed. It doesn't make you feel too happy or too sad at any time. And while experiencing it you may reflect on the reasons behind the work and question it's depth, but you can still be satisfied that it's purpose was simply to be lovely. Full Review »