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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Apr 30, 2013
    100
    In Something in the Air, that past—a version of Assayas's own—is rendered in visuals so specific and evocative, it's perpetually alive.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Mar 14, 2013
    100
    This is a beautifully crafted work and an acute evocation of its period both in look and attitude, and it’s no less deeply absorbing for being somewhat muted in tone.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    May 2, 2013
    90
    Assayas has such a steady hand as a director, he knows precisely how to let all of Gilles' inner angst play out. His nostalgia for those past days can be felt in the affection and forgiving way the indiscretions of youth are portrayed.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 3, 2013
    75
    Assayas doesn’t bring out the fiery best in this material, but he’s smart enough to know that revolutionaries like their comforts as much as the ruling class does.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    May 9, 2013
    75
    Something in the Air, is the latest screen portrait of an artist as a young man. It's a good one too, rich and assured, even if writer-director Olivier Assayas is more successful at creating atmosphere than at making his romanticized younger self a three-dimensional being.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    May 9, 2013
    70
    Too bad it isn't more engaging — and dramatic — than it is, but this new film, in French with English subtitles, is still worth seeing for what it says of the turbulent state of France in the early 1970s, when Mr. Assayas was a high-school student in Paris, and of the zigzag pursuit—of painting, beautiful girls and independence from a demanding father—that finally culminated in his becoming the filmmaker he was meant to be.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    May 2, 2013
    38
    Has the aroma of an autobiographical confession by someone for whom life hasn’t been overly difficult.

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