Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Loren King
    100
    Mesmerizing and unforgettable.
  2. 100
    Ozon -- has finally hit a home run, and Rampling is his most remarkable RBI.
  3. 100
    It's a great pleasure that -- we get to ponder one of the most involving psychological mysteries in recent memory.
  4. Fascinating, visually gorgeous cinematic study that will frustrate some viewers by its ambiguity.
  5. 90
    Powerfully enigmatic study of the fundamental opacity of human relations.
  6. 90
    It's a role of fierce demands, and Rampling meets them all. In a summer of crass, Rampling is a true class act.
  7. Requires careful attention at its abrupt finish. Close concentration on the final shots yields a meaning not possible should a viewer's attention wander or turn away a few moments too soon.
  8. Mr. Ozon gives the movie to Ms. Rampling, whose performance is like a perfectly executed piano etude, finding precise, impossibly subtle shadings of pleasure, confusion and distress.
  9. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    90
    An exquisite reflection on personal bereavement.
  10. Charlotte Rampling takes you so far inside the pain of Marie Drillon it leaves you stirred, shaken and a little in awe.
  11. Manages the most delicate of hat tricks: It gives definition to uncertainty.
  12. 88
    A movie of introspection and defiance.
  13. Ozon has crafted a near-perfect film, a mournful, moving kind of cinema poetry.
  14. Ozon specializes in dissecting the vulnerability, erotic longing, and garbled intentions with which people regularly rub up against one another.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. DavidR.
    Dec 23, 2006
    10
    This is amongst the best of French Cinema. Charlotte rampling gives an exquisite performance of a lover in denial. Worth watching more than once.
  2. JohnG
    Nov 11, 2005
    10
    Beautifully introspective and subtle. Under The Sand tells the poignant but sad story of a woman struggling to cope with the sudden disappearance of her beloved husband. This film quietly studies the effects of lost love. Full Review »