The Children of the Century

Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. As a literary bodice ripper this is better than average, partly because of its glimpses of early-19th-century bohemianism in France and Italy but mostly because Juliette Binoche and Benoit Magimel manage to keep the story hot and unpredictable.
  2. 60
    It does best when it leaves behind hothouse literary discussions and closes in on these two legendary behemoths, battling for sexual supremacy.
  3. 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.
  4. 50
    Juliette Binoche and Benoit Magimel have great chemistry together as the lovers, and the scenes of their lovemaking and frequent battles bring the movie to life. Outside of those moments, however, the film is too stagey, talky - and long - for its own good.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    40
    Never has the adage "You can't help who you fall in love with" been more lavishly illustrated than in this historical drama.
  6. 40
    Juliette Binoche is the only reason to see Diane Kurys' florid, incoherent movie.
  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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