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  • Summary: Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Dec 20, 2012
    Turns out to be one of the most transportingly romantic movies of the year, one that finds the most stirring emotion in struggle rather than in ginned-up melodrama or easy resolution.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Nov 21, 2012
    By the picture's knotty finale, in which Audiard navigates a late-stage twist with ease and emotion, you know you are in the hands of a master who is directing with the confidence and command that few possess.
  3. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Nov 21, 2012
    What Audiard has created here is nothing less than the rare combination of high art and beautiful filmmaking with visceral power and gut-level emotional reality - it's like a symphony of fists, or a brutal assault by angels.
  4. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Dec 20, 2012
    A tough movie about tough people for a tough audience. So prepare to get roughed up a little.
  5. Dec 6, 2012
    Rust and Bone is a movie about letting go of shame and making way for the advent of pleasure. Let that be your guide to watching it as well.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Dec 7, 2012
    Rust and Bone is made by filmmakers and actors who are capable of much more – and they know it. The result is a true oddity: an orgy of hokum dressed up as an art film.
  7. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Nov 20, 2012
    Audiard himself might have benefited from a simple reminder of left from right; his rudderless film confuses a pileup of preposterous, sentimental scenarios with genuine emotion.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Nov 23, 2012
    Just beautiful! Marion Cotillard really excels in expressing feelings with the less word possible. Audiard mixes love, sex and brutality like it's actually a natural thing. This drama is so down to earth and well acted that you accept every aspect of Ali & Staphanie's tough personality, even if they are not very lovable. They don't try to make you love them, they just tell a story with it's simplicity and all of it's complexity at the same time. Another Audiard and Cotillard home run. Expand
  2. Sep 13, 2013
    Only a sick twisted bastard wouldn't like this movie. It's just impressive, it's sad and entertaining at the same time and the what was extremely good in that film was that it contained two subjects love and family so they were actually two stories going on there. Marion Cotillard excellent, the lead actor was good too and the boy too. This is the best french drama I have watched and I hate French dramas. A sad masterpiece Expand
  3. Jan 15, 2014
    Rust and Bone is a brilliant movie, nothing like I have seen before. It is amazing how this film manage to show so much with little things, and those are a father with a son in need, a woman with an uncommon job and a dysfunctional love relationship. The director also apply small camera shots and low lighting, in order to demonstrate in a better way the emotions of the characters and the cruelty of the reality. The idea of the story is to exhibit Ali, a man that suddenly becomes in charge of his son, but the thing is that he does not know how to do it. When he or his son gets hungry, he looks for food scraps or steals from a store. If he needs money, he works in whatever it takes, no matter if other people get hurt. And when he is angry or stressed, he goes to a fight club. The protagonist is like an animal, does what he wants when he wants. So out of nowhere, he meets Stephanie, a killer whale trainer. And as the same as her whales, she will train Ali to face the world correctly. That is why he is rust, like a metal that cannot withstand the environment. And he needs to become bone, like Stephanie, that resists every obstacle in life. The most overwhelming part is the scene after the accident when she is on the rooftop of her building, practicing the old routine with the killer whales. You can notice that when she raises her arms, her eyes reflect an ineffable feeling of nostalgia, but with a willing of fighting. Expand
  4. Nov 24, 2012
    Jacques Audiard's newest film is a beautifully subtle character study, carried by the wonderful and realistic performances of Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts. The film tells the story of an emotionally distant and tormented man who meets a woman who's had an accident and has lost both her legs. The entire film is a slow-paced and detailed study of both characters, who grow closer and eventually overcome the problems of their lives and move on. Despite its bleakness, 'Rust and Bone' is an optimistic film. Audiard creates an anti-romantic tale. The circumstances and the relationship between Ali and Stephanie are unconventional, fresh and deeply intriguing. The film's cinematography is fluid and kinetic, creating an awe-inspiring canvas of feelings and moods. Despite the rawness and the subtlety of the film and its lead performances, though, the film is flawed. The film's third act is contrived and manipulative, which was a surprising disappointment for me, because the first two acts were low-key and realistic. Also, the screenplay is kind of fragmented, never fully focusing on each of the two characters, never really deepening into their psyche. There are also subplots which feel unnecessary and strangely dull. There are flaws here, but the result is quite rewarding. Led by two wonderful performances, this is a poignant, humane and unsentimental film that is worthy of the attention of cinephiles and fans of European cinema. Collapse
  5. Mar 3, 2014
    Truly great acting by the mains and great music choices. Bon Iver suits it so well. I felt more emotion at the choice of music than the final closing message. The plot loses its way a couple of times and the pacing is a bit off, but ultimately, it's a very strong film. Expand
  6. May 17, 2013
    The premise of the film was certainly ambitious. Not sure I can remember a movie attempting to cover so much ground. Perhaps that was the problem, as little effort was made to develop the characters or, perhaps they were just all rather depressing, pitiful and flat. The story is somewhat dark, gritty and largely unredeeming. Save your money. Expand

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