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  • Summary: A biographical study of legendary actress Charlotte Rampling, told through her own conversations with some of her closest friends and collaborators, including Peter Lindbergh, Paul Auster, and Juergen Teller. Intercut with footage from some of Rampling's most celebrated films — this deeply personal "self-portrait through others" is a revealing look at one of our most iconic screen stars. [Kino Lorber] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Feb 2, 2012
    75
    Her chattiness here is unexpected and disarming, and if the film's overindulgent, it puts you in a forgiving mood. How often do we get to hear a lioness speak?
  2. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Nov 2, 2011
    75
    Rampling is very much aware of the camera's every intention and possibility. Perhaps too aware, like the kind of over-educated narcissist for whom real spontaneity is too costly a risk.
  3. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Nov 4, 2011
    75
    Says Rampling: "If you're going to do a story like this, it's not going to be all flowers and roses and smell nice."
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Nov 1, 2011
    60
    There's an all-embracing openness here that belies the often cold and calculating characters she plays onscreen. She's the perfect confluence of brains and beauty, and it's a pleasure to be in her company.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 4, 2011
    60
    This well-made, elegant doc follows the British actress as she travels and discusses life, art, fashion, sex and death with various friends and collaborators, including novelist Paul Auster and photographer Peter Lindbergh.
  6. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Nov 1, 2011
    50
    As agreeable as she is to watch, the disappointing thing I feel is that she plays everything the same way. For a film about one person that reveals so little about the subject, 94 minutes is longer than it sounds. My advice is to wait for the DVD. This is definitely a movie to watch with a remote control.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Nov 4, 2011
    50
    This is not to say that Charlotte Rampling: The Look is a complete washout. A tease is more like it, an examination of the surface. Ms. Rampling is presented as an endlessly watchable mystery, an aloof but affable sphinx. But we knew that already.

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