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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  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 28, 2013
    90
    The movie, like its subject, refuses to stir up unnecessary melodrama. There are many small conflicts and psychological undercurrents, but the closest thing to a narrative theme is the effect Andrée has on the Renoir household.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 28, 2013
    88
    Like the paintings of the master, Renoir is beautiful to look at, but it would be a mistake to call the film (or its subject) shallow.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    May 2, 2013
    83
    There's something in this nostalgic, lovingly photographed film about the transition from the classical art of painting to the new art of the cinema, as embodied by one of the greatest practitioners of each. The independent-minded Andrée, who would go on to marry Jean Renoir and star in several of his early films, is presented as something more than a mere muse, if something less than a full-fledged character.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 25, 2013
    80
    One would expect a film about French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir to look beautiful, to be shot in warm, sumptuous colors. And one would not be disappointed in Gilles Bourdos’ Renoir.
  5. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Mar 28, 2013
    80
    Renoir is a lush, involving film.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    May 9, 2013
    75
    Renoir may be too decorous, but it’s about decoration — the intense beauty of surfaces.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 3, 2013
    75
    Photography — and thus filmmaking — is painting with light. The connection is illuminated in the lovely Renoir, a twilight-years biography of the great French Impressionist.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 29, 2013
    75
    Renoir at least looks like a great movie. If you want a full-scale immersion in this material, I recommend “Renoir, My Father,” Jean Renoir’s wonderful 1958 biography. This book is the touchstone for all matters Renoir, both père and fils.
  9. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Mar 28, 2013
    70
    Renoir doesn't present a particularly dynamic tale, and its attempts at stage-like drama — notably the sometimes epigrammatic dialogue — can seem overdone. But the performances are assured, the ambiance impeccable and the themes resonant.
  10. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 28, 2013
    70
    Renoir is so beautiful, and so intelligently conceived, that you keep waiting, in vain, for a bit of fire to break out in the narrative.
  11. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Mar 26, 2013
    70
    There is no major drama here save the encroaching end of one great artist and the birth of another, but Bourdos and his fellow screenwriters have translated something so monumental into a succession of such small domestic tableaux in which the Renoirs are seen as people first and artists second.
  12. Mar 26, 2013
    70
    Wisely, director Gilles Bourdos keeps the pace slow, what with all the tensions beneath the surface: Oedipal conflict, career choices, even class struggle.
  13. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    May 15, 2013
    67
    Renoir is beautifully filmed and scored, yet with the emotional pull of watching exquisitely textured oil paint dry.
  14. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Apr 11, 2013
    63
    Gilles Bourdos’s film is more conventional than its mould-breaking subjects deserve.
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 »