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  • Summary: A drama based on the true story of the love affair between French authors George Sand (Binoche) and Alfred de Musset (Magimel) in the 1830's.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. A romance incandescent, a fiery pageant of l'amour fou. Whatever its historical transgressions, it opens up a vein and lets life and blood pour out.
  2. In scope, ambition and accomplishment, Children of the Century therefore takes Kurys' career to a whole new level.
  3. 75
    In between all the emotional seesawing, it's hard to figure the depth of these two literary figures, and even the times in which they lived. But they fascinate in their recklessness.
  4. 63
    No one around this beauty-first rendition of these addled artisans and their brief, obsessive affair really understands the attraction, so most people just get out of the way.
  5. Reviewed by: Rich Cline
    60
    The art direction and costumes are gorgeous and finely detailed, and Kurys' direction is clever and insightful. Even so, it feels very, very long.
  6. 60
    It does best when it leaves behind hothouse literary discussions and closes in on these two legendary behemoths, battling for sexual supremacy.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    A generally old-fashioned costumer that runs out of gas even faster than does the tempestuous love affair between writer George Sand and poet Alfred de Musset that it so devotedly recounts.

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